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Tenant displaced from unit fights for compensation

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Q: Our son is renting a condo in an area where it gets very hot in the summer. Two weeks ago, he came home from work to find that his air conditioning unit was not working. It was after hours on Friday evening and he tried to reach the property management agency to have them check it out, but no one was in so he left a voicemail message on their answering machine. They have no emergency number and the office is open only Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The temperature reached nearly 110 degrees that Saturday and Sunday. My son was inconvenienced -- he couldn't stay in the rental unit because the heat was unbearable. We watched his dogs for him and he spent the weekend at a friend's house and went to work from his friend's house. He was able to reach the property management office on Monday and they came right out to fix the air conditioning unit that same day. He called them on Tuesday to talk with them about his inconvenience and the disruption to his life. He...