DENVER – Some residents of The Lincoln at Speer apartment complex are concerned after their air conditioning broke while surviving the hottest day of the year yet.
Cade Clark and his roommates only moved into The Lincoln at Speer a few months ago, and it wasn’t the welcome they were hoping for.
“It hasn’t worked at all for the past week. You can hear it buzzing. It tries to start, but no fan. It just doesn’t work,” said Clark, referring to the air conditioner in his apartment.
The air conditioning failure couldn’t have come at a worse time, as temperatures in Denver hit the three-digit range.
“Sunday morning I wake up drenched in sweat, just unhappy all morning. It’s easy to get irritated when you’re hot and sweaty, ”said Clark.
It was this experience that convinced him to buy air conditioning for his room. Clark says management hasn’t responded to his inquiries about getting the apartment refunded or getting the apartment repaired.
“I want to feel like I’m being heard. I want to get the feeling that I’m getting what I pay for it,” said Clark.
This is not the first time Denver7 has visited The Lincoln at Speer. At the end of April, more than three dozen residents were without heating for two months.
Drew Hamrick, SVP of Government Affairs and General Counsel of the Colorado Apartment Association, issued the following statement:
“There are two possible avenues for tenants who do not have air conditioning. If the resident’s air conditioning system is defective, the housing provider is obliged to repair it within a reasonable period of time after receiving written notification of the defect.
If the resident has never had air conditioning, the housing provider is not obliged to provide one. If this is a desirable property in an apartment for the resident, he should opt for an apartment with air conditioning.
There are no laws stating that residences that Coloradans buy or rent must be air-conditioned. In fact, some Coloradans consider air conditioners to be harmful to the environment. Some tenants also buy portable air conditioners or fans for three-digit days. “
The Lincoln at Speer management did not respond to our request for comment.
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