I rent a garage ( with my 8yr. Old daughter and my boyfriend ) that is converted into a room (without A permit) and it is heavily infested with cockroaches. The house which is a 3bedroom and 2 bathroom is so infested that I will not use the bathroom at night, due to the fact that when I turn the bathroom light on, the floor and toilet are covered with roaches!!! I have mentioned the problem to my landlord who sees it with his own eyes because whenever he feels like being nosey, he comes over and spends the night whenever he wants. It is very uncomfortable for us because we feel like we cannot live in peace. He comes over just to complain or harass us. It is very unsanitary to have all those roaches in our room. And when they even crawl on your bed it is so disgusting....that I don't even want to go to sleep!! What can I do about this? He is envading our privacy, ignoring my requests for him to fumigate, and now because I didn't pay last month's rent he says we have to get our stuff out NOW....HE ALSO PUT MY DAUGHTER'S CLOTHES AND FURNITURE OUTSIDE!!!! AND BROKE INTO MY SHED....PLEASE HELP
First, I would recommend documenting the infestation by video. And you should also ensure that you document your communications with the landlord.
Second, there is a California law called the implied warranty of habitability that can allow you to walk away from your lease (move-out) and stop paying rent. Basically, it requires landlords to maintain their rental units in a condition fit for human beings to live in. Here is a helpful guide that explains: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/manufactured-mobile-home/mobile-home-ombudsman/docs/Tenant-Landlord.pdf (start at page 37)
And here is an excerpt from that guide relating to your specific issue, the landlord's duty to maintain "Clean and sanitary buildings, grounds, and appurtenances (for example, a garden or a detached garage), free from debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents, and vermin."
Third, your landlord's behavior (invading your privacy) also appears to breach your legal right to "quiet enjoyment of the property".
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