(Closed) Legal Bees: Tenants right with roaches.

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m a former landlord and armchair attorney and the answer is yes, you can break the lease if the landlord does not take care of the problem in a timely manner. She/he is in breach of the lease by not providing a habitable environment. Get on them to get a professional out asap, give it a reasonable amount of time to work and if it’s still a problem, move. But document, document, document. Save everything, emails, voicemails and texts-just in case. Good luck:)

Post # 5
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SaraRocks: I know nothing about legal matters, but just wanted to say eww.  I hope they solve it soon!

Post # 7
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would ask a lawyer in your state. Actually, since the roaches make the living conditions unsanitary, there is probably a Housing Rights group around who can tell you what the best way to proceed would be.

Remember, document, document, document…write down when you told the building manager ect. about the roaches, what they said they would do, when you saw them again. Dates are key. Take pictures. 

Post # 8
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2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Rubies: I second the “take pictures” suggestion. Just in case you wind up in court, you want to have visual proof that they were there.

Good luck – if you end up moving, make sure to take precautions to keep roommates of the buggy variety from following you. My grandparents’ first apartment right after they were married had a fair share of roaches and they ended up moving. They sprayed a sheet in the middle of the living room with roach propellant. They proceeded to pack each box one at a time, placing it down, then spraying around the perimeter just to make sure none got in. And make sure to cover any of the openings in the boxes you’ve packed with plenty of packing tape.

Post # 10
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SaraRocks: Oh, wow. That sucks. I reiterate that you should reach out to a housing rights group, ask them about whether you can withold rent until the situation is resolved or if they can give you advice on how to get out of the lease. Keep documenting!

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