ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – People who live in apartments are some of the most vulnerable in the extreme heat.
In Missouri, landlords are not required to provide air conditioning for tenants even when the temperatures hit dangerous levels.
This is because of a law that predates air conditioners.
City Health Director Pam Walker says when tenants renew their lease, they should take into account whether or not the landlord will be supplying air conditioning.
Walker also encourages families of the elderly to physically check on their AC units and to call Cool Down St. Louis or 211 for help paying utility bills.