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August 9, 2018 • By Dennis Beaver
It’s March. You have just moved into a cute little rental house in California’s Central Valley, where summer temperatures are routinely – dangerously – well over 100 degrees. Within days the air conditioner fails, and a frustrated repair technician says, “I have been warning the owner and property manager for the past four years this entire system needs to be replaced, but they just have me putting Band-Aids on it.”
Anyone who has lived in this part of the country long enough has thought, “What if it fails in July or August?” Fear is the operative word. For families with young children and the elderly, properly functioning air conditioning is a “Keep out of the hospital” pass.
Your kids are 8 and 3.
Now, it’s July. Temperatures have been over 100 for days and the A/C quits. Not sensing any urgency, the property manager brings one window unit – one window unit for an entire house? What. This gal wasn’t just behind the door when common sense was handed out, she wasn’t in the building. Stamped on her forehead are the words: Uncaring incompetent.
With the house unlivable, your children are tearfully sent to live with relatives. The property manager is taking her sweet time looking for the best deal for a new A/C, and in reply to your request for a partial rent reduction, states, “The owner is thinking it over.”…click here to read more