The AC in the 3-story townhouse I rent broke and needs to be replaced. The landlord obtained several quotes and decided on a contractor to do the replacement, which hasn't been scheduled yet (but is probably a week or so out). Temperatures are forecast to be near 90 for the next several days (and above 90 next week), and it gets unbearably hot in the house when it is that hot outside. Fans help when it is cooler outside, but don't provide adequate relief when it is that hot.
The landlord first had (or tried to have) the AC repaired 3 times, before deciding to replace it. Our first notification to the landlord and property manager that there was a problem with the AC was almost a month and a half ago
Does the landlord have an obligation to provide any kind of accommodation until the AC is repaired? Accommodations could be anything from renting portable AC units (how many?), paying for a hotel, reducing the next rent payment, or something else. Is the answer dependent on the forecast or actual temperatures, and does it change if children are living in the rental?
This is in Virginia, USA and the lease is a common law lease (i.e., not governed by the VRLTA).
From what I could find online, the landlord has to maintain the residence in a fit and habitable manner, but "fit and habitable" is never defined, nor did I find anything about the landlord making accommodations for the broken equipment until it is adequately repaired.