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Under California law, is the landlord or tenant responsible for bed bug extermination if the units were initially bug-free?

Los Angeles, CA |

Currently we do not have a bug problem but we would like to know the standard protocol if a problem does arise.

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Attorney answers 2


Bed bugs are not "ordinary wear-and-tear." The tenant is responsible for any damage that occurs at the apartment beyond ordinary wear-and-tear, unless it was somehow caused by the landlord.


Sometimes landlord include extermination as regular part of their maintenance of their buildings, but they're not likely to if there's no history of problems.

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