The air conditioning unit has been broken in my apartment for over two months now, and the landlord has flat-out refused to fix it. After several unanswered service requests, a month ago, I wrote a letter outlying thebove problem with the a/c unit. The temperature goes above 90 degress on a daily basis in my unit. I live with a senior citizen and a dog, making matters more dangerous.

As rent is due in a few days, what are my rights? I live in Los Angeles. Can I withhold rent? Can I do a rent reduction? I'm not clear on how to proceed. Thanks in advance.