I lease a mobile home in Florida. Its a mobile home park with more than 10 units. Recently I changed units. (smaller to bigger) It has been 3-4 months since the switch and I just realized the new unit had bed bugs. My bed is now infested. Is this a landlord responsibility? I have read the Florida Statues 83.51 - Landlord's obligation to maintain premises.... But the only issues I have is, am I in a single family home?
"It has been 3-4 months since the switch and I just realized the new unit had bed bugs."......and therein lies the problem as its virtually impossible that the unit had bed bugs before you moved in. The exception MIGHT be if there was documentation by a pest control company of a bed bug infestation right before you moved in. Otherwise, whether the landlord will be responsible for the pest control of the mobile home you rent is determined by Fla. Stat. 83.51 and your rental agreement. Assuming they are, most will take the position that YOU caused the infestation as there are no adjoining rental units, and presumably no pre-move in infestation. I say that because bed bugs, like fleas and ticks, populate at exponential rates with host availability so you would have known VERY early on, not 4 months later, that you had a bed bug infestation.
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If the ONLY issue you see here is whether you live in a single family home, then unless it is "attached" to another - and "MULTIPLE families" live in the combined structure - a mobile home owned and rented by a residential landlord is likely to be characterized as "single family home" (i.e., the focus is on the "single family" part); but, however characterized, if you are looking to determine who is responsible for "pest control," it's what it says in the LEASE that controls. What's more, however the home would be characterized, after 4 months, the landlord will likely claim YOU brought them in somehow, so you will have to get over that hump.
Hope this helps.
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