Whatt o do if my landlord is telling me that I have to take care of a cockroach infestation?

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Whatt o do if my landlord is telling me that I have to take care of a cockroach infestation?

The place I live in is a duplex. There is another tenant in the unit upstairs. My place was dirty when we got here. The landlord took care of matter once but then handed a letter to us saying if the exterminator were to return it would be at our expense?

Asked on February 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, West Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, the infestation is the responsibility of the landlord under the theory that he warrants that the house is habitable.  Here is what you ned to do: go to court and ask the court to start a proceeding regarding the breach of the warranty of habitability and ask that you ne permitted to pay your rent in to court until it is cleared up.  Also ask for an abatement - reduction - of the rent for the time that the aprtment remains this way.  Good luck.


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