Can I sue my ex-landlord for damages from bedbugs?

We first moved in 4 months ago. The landlords paid to heat treat the house 2 months after when we stared getting bites. Then about a month later we started getting bit again and they didn’t want to pay to treat the house again. They said it was OK to move out and we’d get security deposit back but now they refuse to give the security deposit back and we have thousands of dollars of damage to our things because we had to throw everything out but our clothes and dishes. Can I sue for security deposit and damages?

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You should absolutely sue for damages. Bottom line is that your landlord is required to treat for these bedbugs as it does impact habitability.  In many cities, counties and states, the department of building and safety can mandate it for homes and even take action against owners. You should be paid your moving expenses, as well.

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