ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – An air conditioner that doesn’t work is the very last thing anyone wants in the sweltering heat. However, it’s a major problem for many people in the St. Louis area.
For example, if you live in an apartment, you depend on your landlord to get the air conditioning pumping cool air again. But landlords don’t have a legal obligation to provide air conditioning unless a tenant can prove they have serious health problems.
Zachary Schmook of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council says, "There are some protections for people who have disabilities under the Fair Housing Act, which may require a landlord to install or repair air conditioners as a reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification for that person's disability."
As a tenant, if you are going to demand air conditioning because of a health condition, you’ll need to get documentation from a doctor to prove it. If they don’t provide air conditioning after that, they’re in violation of the Fair Housing Act, and now you’ve got a federal law with some teeth to force them to provide it.