Can I break my lease due to a roach infestation?
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Perhaps. It would depend on the extent of the infestation. You might want to have a reputable pest company (or two) confirm that for you in writing in case push-comes-to-shove, and you end up in court. In any event, AS LONG AS YOUR RENT IS PAID IN FULL AND UP TO DATE, you can send the landlord a so-called “7-day notice” pursuant to Section 83.56 Florida Statutes, demanding the infestation be eliminated in that time, or that you WILL TERMINATE the lease - and IF the landlord doesn’t complete the extermination in that time, you can terminate your lease and move out on day 8, even sue the landlord if you wish. You have to be ready to move though, there’s no bluffing here, as the Landlord doesn’t actually have to do a thing. Consult a good local tenants lawyer for a more thorough explanation.
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Maybe. In any event, you must provide the LL appropriate notice. I recommend that you talk to a LL/Tenant lawyer for advice.
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