My brother died May 11 2016. I am the executor. In probate is a small building that houses two apartments
and three small offices. Two of the offices were rented in January with a one year lease. They said they were running a spa/massages,
My brother would always install window units in the units in the summer as the building does not have central air. My brother died before it was warm enough to install the units in the two offices that the Spa rented. I just recently got death certificates as he died out of State so had no legal authority to do anything until I had the death certificates They left a note on my brothers home that they needed air as the temperature recently went high. I went to the offices and pointed out that there were two window units there (and showed them to him) as well as a portable unit that was in the closet. He said they are not big enough to cool down the offices. I said for 30 years that is what was used and no one ever complained.
He told me he wanted much larger Units. I explained I was only able to install what will fit in the windows. I offered to mutually end the remainder of his lease and return his security deposits
. I explained that because he had changed the open areas of the rooms into several individual massage rooms by makeshift walls and blankets being hung from the drop ceilings that that would affect the air flow.
He opted to end the lease on one of the suites....Suite A and wanted to continue to reside in suite B and is awaiting larger air conditioning units being installed this Saturday. I know he will not be happy with the units as due to the window sizes I will only be able to install 6 or possibly 8 BTU...he wants 20 or 30.
The building is in probate and I am not authorized to make costly changes and would not as the building functioned perfectly with window units for 30 years.
Since he was to mutually terminate his lease in one of the suites I will need to write o new lease as the other lease specified two suites were beinbg rented. I would like to make it a month to month
lease as the building is in probate. Please let me know what my legal rights are. The blankets hanging from the ceilings and the makeshift partions seem to me to be a fire hazard.