My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I live in CA. We notified our landlord in writing on 6/29 that our A/C was broken. The weather is 90+ right now, 100+ for the last 5 days. The landlord finally sent out someone from the home warranty company on July 7th. The home warranty company said the unit was plumbed wrong and needed to be re-plumbed. On the evening of the 7th the home warranty company denied the claim because the policy didn't cover rental properties. We never heard another word from our landlord. On July 12th we gave our notice stating the broken A/C as a reason for breaking our lease. They said we would have to pay a penalty and the rent until the unit was re-rented. They finally set up an appt with another A/C company on 7/13, only after we gave notice, I took off work early and the A/C company never showed. After complaining about them not showing up they rescheduled for 7/16. The new A/C company said the same thing as the first one, but said they couldn't fix it without approval from the landlord. It is now 7/18 and we have heard nothing from the landlord. Do we have a legal right to break our lease without penalty or further liability given the circumstances?