Pest Infestations

What Can I Do About Pest Infestations at My Rental?

Los Angeles Housing Law Attorney Explains

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No one wants to deal with an infestation of insects or rodents in their home or apartment. Roaches, ants, bed bugs and other pests can make you feel anxious and uncomfortable in your own home. Although, you want to remove them as soon as possible, as a tenant, you might encounter resistance from your landlord over who pays for extermination. If the issue is not addressed in a timely manner, you might even consider breaking your lease because of roaches or other pests. To help with this situation, you might consider brushing up on state housing laws in California. Do landlords pay for exterminators? It depends on various factors, but generally, landlords are responsible for pest control in the properties that they are renting.

If it comes to a legal dispute, a Los Angeles housing law attorney can help you considerably. Since its founding in 1995, Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. has represented thousands of tenants in lawsuits against landlords for unsafe, unsanitary, and insalubrious conditions, which definitely include pest infestations. Our Los Angeles lawyers have secured numerous multi-million dollar awards from irresponsible landlords for our clients. Please do not hesitate to call us. We understand how distressing living with an infestation can be. You want to resolve things as quickly as possible, so you can go back to living your life and feeling safe and comfortable in your home. We do what we can to protect your rights as a tenant and bring you peace of mind.

What Are Common Pests That Can Infest a Property?

A recent article written by researchers from North Carolina University found that 579 species from 304 different families of arthropods could infest buildings. Such organisms have evolved to live off of our cast offs and can be difficult to deal with. Several notable and troublesome examples include:

Though they are not arthropods, rats and mice are also unsanitary, spread disease, and can damage your insulation and chew on your wiring. You may also have to deal with other animals, such as squirrels and bees, that might damage and reduce the value of your belongings and home, and in some cases completely ruin them. If you are renting, it is important to contact your landlord right away to seek a solution. If your landlord refuses to take action, consult with a housing law attorney about how to deal with the situation.

Do Landlords Have to Pay for Exterminators?

Pest control tends to be expensive, so many landlords may hesitate before paying for it. According to California housing laws, the landlord normally takes on responsibility for pest control, as he or she has the responsibility of maintaining habitable conditions in the property. Even if the infestation is due to natural causes, the landlord must arrange and pay for pest control. For instance, if mice come in from a nearby field, the landlord is still responsible for calling in and paying for exterminators.

Need Help? Call a Los Angeles Housing Law Attorney

If your landlord is wrongly claiming that you are responsible for pests and have to pay for exterminators, contact a California housing law attorney as soon as you can. You need the legalities squared away and the right person paying for pest control so that it is done as soon as possible. The State of California guarantees everyone the right to safe and secure housing. Castelblanco Law Group, A Prof. Law Corp. works to see that nobody is cheated out of this, especially when it comes to taxing and stressful situations, such as pest infestation.

For a consultation, call us at (213) 893-8881 or contact us online. We speak both English and Spanish.


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