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What renters need to know when the AC stops working

The summer months are typically the hottest of the year and air conditioners are on full blast, unless yours is on the fritz. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The summer months are typically the hottest of the year and air conditioners are on full blast, unless yours is on the fritz.

If you're paying rent, it can be tempting to lose your cool.

In Ohio, a landlord has a duty to keep all fixtures and appliances in good working order.

Benjamin Horne, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, says there are certain steps you need to take to get the landlord's attention.

"The tenant should request repairs in writing," said Horne. "Keep a copy of the written request. After 30 days, if the problem hasn't been remedied, then the tenant can start a rent escrow account over at the municipal court," he said.

He said you should never stop paying rent.

"It's very important that the tenant stay current in rent during that whole process," he said.

"If the tenant withholds rent because he's upset about the lack of repairs, the tenant is at risk of being evicted for non-payment of rent."

By law, landlords aren't required to provide air conditioning to tenants.

For more information, call the Legal Aid Society of Columbus at 614-224-8374, or their website.

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