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MD Legislator Proposes to Require AC in Apartments

AC Requirement

Digested from ABC 7

One legislator proposes a regulation that would fine apartment operators $500 if they don’t keep air conditioning systems in working order.

As sweltering heat engulfs much of the country, one politician in Maryland is proposing a rule that would require all apartments in his county be equipped with air conditioners.

Montgomery County Council Member Tom Hucker is proposing that landlords should be required to provide air conditioning in all rental units. If they fail to do so, they would face a $500 fine, according to Heather Graf of ABC7.

“His bill would require landlords to provide individual air conditioning units or a central air conditioning system that is maintained in good working order, so that the inside temperature stays at eighty degrees or less from May 1 through September 30 each year,” Graf wrote.

Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Nicola Whiteman responded to Hucker’s proposal in an email response to Graf:

“Our members are committed to providing safe and comfortable housing to their residents and this includes heat and air conditioning. We look forward to working collaboratively to address issues such as: (1) ensuring adequate time for repairs when necessary; and (2) taking into consideration the different types of heating and cooling systems in the County’s more than 90,000 rental units of which approximately 60,000 are owned and/or managed by AOBA members. AOBA members are engaged community partners with the County and we look forward to working with the sponsors and full Council on this measure.”

For Hucker's proposal to become law, it must be approved by the full Montgomery County Council.

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