Residents in complex face air conditioning woes in scorching heat

LAS VEGAS - Some air conditioning units across the valley are no match against these scorching hot temperatures.  Residents of one apartment community in the northeast valley say their air conditioning units have been out for several days now.

Residents say it couldn't have happened at a worse time, as temperatures are expected to continue to climb above 110 degrees this week.

There's just one more day until it's officially summer solstice but temperatures in the Las Vegas valley have been at excessive levels since Saturday.

"You absolutely need AC, especially if you have small children," said Andre Mosley, a tenant at Terrivita.

But according to Mosley, a number of his neighbors don't have AC.

"I don't know if it's a vendor problem or what, but we've talked to the management several times, and there's just been nothing," Mosley said.  "They said 'we'll do it' and they haven't done it."

Mosley says his AC is working, but he's concerned for his neighbors, a pregnant woman, and dad of two.

Davonte Rule, another tenant at Terrivita, says his air conditioning has been out for two days.

"She's good now," Rule said.  "We bought a whole bunch of ice just to put in ice bags to kind of keep her cooled down."

According to Rule, this isn't the first time they've been without air.

"You know we have to be on time with our rent, but they can't be on time with the AC," Rule said.  "It doesn't make sense."

According to Nevada law, 'failure of a landlord to supply essential items or services' is a breach of contract, especially if air conditioning is included in a tenant's rental agreement.

AC issues are something a landlord must respond to within 48-hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Rule says he contacted the property managers about the outage over the weekend.

"I actually had to go to Walmart to try to buy as many fans as I could to try to keep the house as cool as possible," Rule said. "It hasn't really worked."

8 News NOW reached out to the managers of the apartment complex Monday, and they said they had just learned of the issue after calls for service came in after hours over the weekend.  Either way, they say their maintenance workers and service providers are going to be coming out to try to address the problem.

Those having air conditioning issues call Clark County's free landlord/tenant advice hotline 702-759-0697.

Note: If temperatures are above 105 degrees, Nevada Energy won't turn off your power, despite the inability to pay.
 


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