Post # 1
So I’ve had a nightmare of a time with the townhouse that I’m leasing. We moved in late April and it’s been nothing but problems the whole time. The water heater has broken two times, the lock has broken on the door, but that is the least of our worries. We’ve found bedbugs almost immediately upon moving in. On the complex’s dime, we’ve had it chemically 3 times and heat treated (150 degrees) once. After all treatments there have been a reoccurance of these bedbugs. The heat treatment was supposed to be 100% certain to kill them.
I almost feel that they must be in another complex and getting in through the vents, that is the only way I can imagine them coming back after all the treatments.
We have until next April left on the lease, but I’m kind of at my wits end. Is there a way around the lease since there is a infestation issue? It’s kind of frustrating paying $900 a month and crawling with bedbugs.
Post # 3
For mine, I can get out by paying an extra month’s rent. You might be able to get out without some kind of payment, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up… 🙁
Post # 4
I saw you live in Iowa, maybe check on this website
If I remember correctly on very rare times you can get out off of your lease.
Post # 5
I am very sorry to hear about your struggles with bed bugs. Infestations can be terribly traumatic. Landlords are required to treat for all pests in an appropriate manner. If they fail to do so, you have the right to break your lease because they have failed to maintain habitability. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will receive your security back. It sounds as if your landlord is taking the proper steps to cure the problem. The origin of bed bug infestations can not legally be determined. This means landlords can not be held liable for infestations and tenants can not be charged for exterminator visits. Have you spoken with your landlord about breaking your lease?
Post # 6
Your best option is to contact your HUD (housing and urban develeopment) office. They should be able to give you the most accurate information about the laws in your area and your options.
Post # 7
I would talk to your landlord about breaking your lease and why you want to and just see what they say.
Post # 8
You may have legal renter’s rights that allow you to break the lease given everything that’s happened. Check your city or county’s website!
Barring that, talk to your landlord and see if he is ok with you listing the place for rent and seeing if they can get a new tenant in there!
Post # 9
you’ll have to ask. most have a penalty of 1 or 2 months rent to terminate the lease early.
Post # 10
Your landlord needs to treat the whole building. If bugs are in one unit, they will simply migrate when you treat. Your landlord needs to treat the whole building or I don’t think they can argue they are adequately treating.