What are a tenant’s rights regarding a recurring roach problem.

I live in an apartment community and or the last 2 months we have had “outside” roaches getting into the apartment. They are small, brown roaches with lighter brown stripes on their backs. The apartment has been sprayed twice by the complexes pest control and the woods directly in front of our building has also been sprayed (according to the front office). All of the insects that I find inside are in my 18 month old daughter’s bedroom and bathroom. Most of the ones that I find are dead. I work extremely hard to keep my apartment clean.

Asked on August 28, 2011 Florida

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you are continuing having problems with roaches at your rented unit, you need to keep the landlord and/or the property manager advised of the problems you and possibly others are having and request a monthly eradication and maintenance plan by the landlord for the safety and convenience of the tenants by way of a telephone call follwed by a letter or e mail.

Keep a copy of all written transmissions to the landlord and/or property manager for further need.

Roaches carry diseases and can be a health problem as a result. Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord is required to provide safe and habitable accomodations to his or her tenants.

If the landlord and/or property manager is not responsive to your requests, you may have to pay for the roach remediation. If that happens send the bill to the landlord and/or property mamanger.

Good luck.


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