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Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Julio (FL) on February 27, 2012 @23:31

I've been paying my rent on time and never have any issues with my landlord.
Yet he has twice left a note on my door telling me I must close my windows and turn off or on my A/C when I'm not there.
I've read this is illegal and is a violation of the fair housing act. Please advise. BTW, the windows are only open about 2" inches and I live in a very nice neighborhood.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Anonymous on February 28, 2012 @01:03 [ Reply ]
The landlord can tell you to correct a problem if you are misusing or negligent in some way in your use of the heating, plumbing or A/C. If you leave the A/C running when you are not home, coupled with leaving your windows opens, it puts an strain on the unit that goes beyond normal wear and tear and accelerates it's need to be serviced (having to recharge it more frequently).
As for closing your windows when you leave the house, that's just common sense if your apartment has windows that can be easily reached. Two inches is more than enough to slip an hand under the sill and open it wider so someone can hop right in. Crime happens in very nice neighborhoods as well. Everyday you hear about more and more forced entries and burglaries in nice areas. Makes sense because it stands to reason people in nice neighborhoods have more and nicer stuff to steal than those in crappy hoods.
BTW, the far housing act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex or familial status. It doesn't have anything to do with landlords asking their tenants to be responsible or correct a behavior.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Anonymous on February 28, 2012 @01:26 [ Reply ]
Who is paying the utility bills to run the A/C ?

Do you have Renters Insurance in case your place gets burglarized?

Be energy wise. Consider common sense too.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Anonymous on February 28, 2012 @02:57 [ Reply ]
Obviously you are not paying the bill your landlord is. I bet if you were paying the bill your AC wouldn't be on when you are gone. It doesn't take that long to cool the place down once you get home. If you do have the AC on then your windows should be closed as it causes the AC to run harder and longer so yes he does have a right to ask this of you. Try being considerate to others and their expenses. Remember if the expenses go up so will your rent.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Katiekate (New York) on February 28, 2012 @06:40 [ Reply ]
Do not feed the Trolls.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Bryan (Ia) on February 28, 2012 @08:32 [ Reply ]
AC units are sized based upon the size of the area they are to cool minus loss due to number of windows and doors. Leaving windows open causes the AC to work harder because of the excessive hot air entering. This can cause lead to freezing of the coils from it running too long and early failure of the AC. AC's are designed for a closed environment.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Betty L. on February 28, 2012 @08:46 [ Reply ]
To understand, your landlord wants the windows closed when your not home. Also your landlord wants you to turn the A/C off when your not home. You pay the electric bill. This could indeed be a Fair Housing issue if the landlord is applying different terms to you in renting then other renters. But putting that aside, you should not be running the A/C while the windows are open if that's the case. Be energy wise and save some money!
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Jake on February 28, 2012 @09:22 [ Reply ]
Here is what you must realize. What you are doing with the windows and AC is not a normal practice. Eventually it will cost the landlord money for a major repair or replacement of his AC unit. If you like where you are living you will stop it. If not, the landlord will get rid of you at his first opportunity. Its that simple.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Anonymous (FL) on February 28, 2012 @09:44 [ Reply ]
Here's a solution. Give your Landlord $2,000 to $3,000 to put toward the repair bills and/or a new unit he will have to have installed. That way he won't worry about repairs or replacing the unit and you can keep your windows open while the system is running.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Brenda on February 28, 2012 @11:02 [ Reply ]
You as the tenant are wasting energy but the unit may actually last longer due to less cycles. The worst thing you can do to a motor (compressor incuded) is to start it. What your are doing is increasing the cooling load which will cause the system to run more constantly with less start ups and stops.

In other words, in other words the landlord should not worry about it. The fresh air exchange is good for your health so you can continue to work to pay the higher utility bills and your future rent increase.
Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 @22:50 [ Reply ]
The first step in your landlord proving that he thinks you are abusing his equipment would be to notify you of his belief in that fact.

If I was your landlord I would write you a letter noting that by leaving one or more of your windows open while running the AC you may be causing excess wear and tear to the system. I would further state that if the system failed prematurely I would consider you to be financially responsible for its repair. I would probably suggest/ask/tell you to
take appropriate action to protect the AC unit but I would not take it upon myself to close a window or turn off the AC.

Now the final decision is yours but if the system fails and the landlord takes you to court he has proof that you knowingly were running the AC in a manor that may have caused damage beyond normal wear and tear.

Re: Can landlord demand I turn off A/C? by Sersi (California) on July 18, 2017 @22:06 [ Reply ]
What does it mean, "turn off or on my A/C when I'm not there." Do you mean close your windows and turn off A/C when you're not there? Where I live, if I had to turn off my A/C AND close the windows, my pet would be dead when I got back.

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