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I am a little unclear...did you use the condo or not?
What does your contract state about a cancellation policy?
Ok, I think you had reasonable grounds to cancel the contract based on the landlord's breach in deciding to do major maintenance/repairs to the property during a time when you were renting it to quietly enjoy it with your grandchildren. Waking up to contractors ripping off a roof, being loud, and hammering while installing a new roof is not very conducive to a nice restful vacation.
So I would opine that the roof and the lack of AC would give you grounds to consider this an "anticipatory breach" by the landlord which would give you grounds to terminate and demand a refund.
But at this point, if you have paid, you will have to sue the landlord in PA small claims court (if the owner is in PA) under a breach of contract claim for a full refund based in their breach. You don't need an attorney and the limit is $12K. The clerk will have the summons and complaint form you need to file to start the case and can help with getting the sheriff to serve the landlord with the summons.
Then you just appear on the stated date, tell your story, present any evidence like texts, emails, etc. to prove your case, and then you should get a judgment in your favor.
Sorry about that, I just saw PA in the state... You will have to sue them in NJ, but the process is the same... although the limit is either $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the county..
The small claims court clerk will have the summons and complaint forms you need to file. You just need to make sure you file in the county where the landlord lives so you can force them to come to court if they don't contact you to settle before court.
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