Hello, I own a small business and we currently have a very bad flea infestation. The landlord of the building has had a Pest Company spray 3 times, the fleas will not go away and he was notified. What is his legal obligation, I have had to close my business and cancel clients for a week. He is trying to get rid of the fleas and I asked him to give me a break on the rent due to loss of income and he won't respond to that request. Please advise
Unfortunately a commercial tenant does not have nearly the same rights and protections as a residential tenant in California. In most instances, your rights and obligations are clearly set forth in your commercial lease agreement. You are not likely going to be able to get a rent discount, and in fact, your commercial lease agreement might actually make you the tenant responsible for pest control issues.
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I agree with the excellent answer you already have. Perhaps you should hire your own pest control expert and find a solution sooner and get your business back open. Most commercial leases make the tenant responsible for everything including pest control. Flea control is possible but it will take some effort and expense.
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