Hmmm. No words of wisdom here today, only a rant and opportunity to learn.
Well, I moved in to an apartment complex in April and fell in love with it. this summer however, the AC cannot cool the unit down to less than 75 degrees F when the temperature hits 90 or above. Furthermore, the unit runs virtually nonstop in order to even accomplish this much.
I submitted a work order, and an outside HVAC tech company came and said all was working perfectly. BUT, he also said that the unit was very old and woefully inadequate in size for an upstairs apartment. I thanked him, he left, and I waited….
One months goes by. Still no response from the office. I called to inquire about the status of my original work order once again. The complex’s own tech came this time and said the same thing as the first tech, and even added “these units are pure crap.” He said the only 2 real options were to either upgrade the central AC unit or possibly install a window unit in addition. He said he would inform the manager of his finding. I told him about my disability and how sensitive my fibromyalgia and ME/CFS make me to the heat, hence my urgency.
I get a letter on my door today from the new manager, who has been here for maybe 5 weeks. It basically states that since “I am seeking to install a window AC unit” that I have to fill out a request and bid form, and have a general contractor provide all of the info before said request for a window AC unit can be completed. It states that “Please note that you would be responsible for the cost of this modification.”
Adding insult to injury is the second page. It is a legal document, “Reasonable Modification Request” and says “The address listed above is occupied or is to be occupied by a person who is disabled by the Fair Housing Act.”
I’m a bit pissed off by this. They should fix the AC at their own expense. I will not buy or pay for an additional AC unit, nor pay for the extra expense of installing such said unit. Furthermore, I believe that by invoking the Fair Housing Act and the fact that I am disabled, they are trying to cover their own butts, but are also actually discriminating against me at the same time by doing so! They have an obligation to fix this issue outright, and are not “doing me a favor” by maybe allowing me to pay to have modifications made. Any insight would be appreciated before I go in and read her like a kindergarten book.
Love and peace,