Renters rights for pest control

Hello, my name is Aaron. I have recently discovered my bedroom has bed bugs, they are these vampire like things that are next to impossible to get rid of. The only sure way is to fumeagate with the tent around your house. I rent one side of a duplex house. My property management company says the only thing they have to spray for is roaches. I find this hard to believe because my neighbor could have introduced them to the duplex. They say I have to pay for the fumagation. Are they responsible to fumagate and provide a safe inviroment? in live in los angeles county. Thanks, Help

Los Angeles, CA -

Attorney Answers (2)

Frances Miller Campbell

Frances Miller Campbell

Landlord / Tenant Lawyer - Sherman Oaks, CA
Answered

Dear Tenant,

I am licensed in California. Please note that only licensed attorneys can give you legal advise in the state of California. For an unlicensed person to give legal advice in California is a crime, and I believe that applies equally to website postings.

First of all, I see that you are in Los Angeles. You should call the Los Angeles Housing Department (866) 557-RENT and ask for a Code Enforcement Inspection. You should do the same with the Los Angeles County Environmental Health Department (626) 430-5200. These agencies can both order your landlord to exterminate the bedbugs. If your landlord refuses, he could end up with a criminal complaint against him. Please do this as soon as possible because this is the fastest way to fix the problem.

Your landlord does have a legal duty to make sure your unit is habitable, and this includes making sure it is free from vermin and rodents. See Civil Code section 1941 and 1941.1. This is the landlord's legal duty, so the landlord has to pay.

Best,
Fran Campbell

Frank S Hong

Frank S Hong

Real Estate Attorney - Seattle, WA
Answered

Thanks for using Avvo. Please note that I am not licensed to practice law in the state of California. Due to the high volume of questions right now, it may take longer for some of our loyal Avvo lawyers to get back to you. In the meantime, I wanted to offer some preliminary help. There are many kinds of defects that could make a rental unit unlivable. A rental unit may be considered unlivable if a nuisance endangers the health, life, safety, property, or welfare of the occupants, but keep in mind that California laws does not hold landlord's responsible for damages caused by the tenant, tenant's guests, or pets. I have attached is a web link to access information on landlord tenant law and other housing issues. You should consult a top Avvo-rated lawyer in your area. Good luck.

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