California, just moved into new apartment, day one already seeing roaches, what are my rights as a tenant, can i break the lease if the land lord doesmt fix the problem
Notify your landlord immediately. The answer to your question depends on whether it is a bug or two or a full fledged infestation. The link below provides some examples of when the situation is bad enough to move out and cites code and case law. If your landlord doesn't voluntarily fix the problem you should contact an attorney in your area and have them negotiate with your landlord in order to ensure that you don't end up being sued by your landlord for breaking the lease.
And of course begin taking photos immediately, if you do end up in court you want to be able to prove your case up.
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