Is there anything I can do if my landlord rented me an apartment in a building he knew had bed bugs and cockroaches?

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Is there anything I can do if my landlord rented me an apartment in a building he knew had bed bugs and cockroaches?

I’ve had to throw away my bed and pay for numerous containers to store my things in. When I told him he said an exterminater would be out but never came. After talking with other tenants this has been a problem for years.

Asked on August 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord is required to disclose to all potential tenants everything known that may affect desirability or price paid. If you can prove that before you rented the unit you have that the landlord knew about bed bug and cockroach infestation at the unit you have and did not disclose this to you, then you have a basis for suing him or her for the loss of your damaged items which would be their fair market value.

I suggest that you make a complaint to your local health department where you reside and ask for an inspection of all units due to the vermin issue.


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