I moved into an apartment 1 week ago and just noticed flea bites all over my legs and feet. The previous tenant likely had pets as the apartment smelled of cat litter when I moved in. The lease contract states that tenants would be liable to pay for bed bug removal but stated nothing about fleas.
Unless you moved in with animals that have fleas, you almost certainly did not cause the fleas to arrive in your apartment.
You need to give the landlord written notice of the flea infestation. The landlord is supposed to start the remediation within 10 days of getting your notice.
"the apartment smelled of cat litter when I moved in." You should never have moved in if the place smelled.
"tenants would be liable to pay for bed bug removal". That likely is a violation of the WA Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. In a multi-dwelling place, the landlord is responsible for controlling infestations unless the tenant causes the infestation.
If your rental is within Tacoma, you should contact the city's housing office. The personnel there will set your landlord straight on what the law requires of the landlord.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
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