We have lived in a townhouse for a year and a half. Recently we have been hearing mice in th walls, and caught five small field mice in traps. The mice chewed through a hose to the dishwasher causing a small flood. The contractor who repaired the water damage said he found the mouse entrance in our finished basement. He also said that mice are common in townhome communities. Our landlords are now saying that we have to hire an exterminator and pay for it out of pocket. They also said that if anything else happens because of the mice, they will use our security deposit to make repairs. Is this legal? What are my rights as a tenant?
Check whether your lease has a pest clause. If it does, it will provide guidance.
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Read your lease. Also find out if other tenants also have a mouse problem. If so, it is the landlord's problem not yours. Even if you are the only one, if you gave notice of the problem to him, you should not be responsible for the repairs making it mouse proof. Nor as to exterminating. Make sure to inform your health dept as in most states this protects you from harassement. In most states this would not be a proper claim on a security deposit.
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