Florida tenant law and bed bugs

posted 3 years ago in Legal
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  • Post # 3
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would assume state law woukd override a lease since a lease should be written within the confines of the law but who knows?! I’d personally just move out! Bed bugs are my worst nightmare.

    Post # 5
    525 posts
    Busy bee

    @mrsSonthebeach:  This is weird. I live in FL also, and my lease clearly states that in the event of bedbug infestation if not the immediate fault of the tenants (ex: bringing in abandoned furniture off of the street) the apartment complex will eradicate.  


    ETA: After a bit of reading, i’m not sure if the lease is otherwise agreeing in writing. Most of what I’ve found says that if a landlord passes along costs to the tenant, they may be violating state law. 

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t know about Florida law, but in Vermont you would definitely be SOL.

    I was a landlord for a few years, and I was pretty horrified to learn that if my tenant got bedbugs I could basically tell her to go suck eggs, and that I was NOT required to fix it!

    Post # 7
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    It looks like it’s pretty clearly on you from what you posted. Do you live in an apartment building? Maybe you can find the source and they will have to pay for it so you don’t have to?

    Post # 8
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @BrandNewBride:  What kind of a landlord wouldn’t want to fix it?! Crazy.

    OP, sorry you’re dealing with this. I hope there is some way around it for you. Can you call a tenant association and ask?

    Post # 9
    3 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t live in Florida, but I did move into an apartment that was infested with bedbugs. The state I live in recently passed a law similar to what you posted here — but it includes a provision about how close to moving in you would have to report the bedbugs (it has to do with proving whether the infestation was already there or whether your brought it). If you just moved in, you could probably argue the bedbugs were there and your landlord should pay for them. If you’ve been there for 6 months, you probably picked them up somewhere and should have to pay to exterminate yourself.


    Best of luck and hang in there. I know how much it sucks.

    Post # 12
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Have you talked to the landlord?  Just because someone doesn’t have to do something, it doesn’t mean they won’t.

    Post # 14
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @mrsSonthebeach:  That sucks.

    Hopefully the law just refers to a written agreement once the problem pops up.  Good luck with that!

    Post # 15
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The law is the default. You and your landlord opted out of the default by entering into a contract. See the language “unless otherwise agreed in writing” You agreed in writing to something different than the law. You’re liable :/


    Post # 16
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @mrsSonthebeach:  I would talk to someone with the Division of Consumer Law. In many cases, it is illegal to have a clause in a lease that is contrary to state law,(whether you signed it or not). If it is illegal, it cannot be enforced.

    1-800-HELP-FLA   or 1-800-435-7352

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