I just signed a melee that began December 1st. Upon inspection other than the place being dirty it looked okay. When I came back that evening to start moving in we noticed german roaches. Ran to the store got spray and traps and emailed the property manager that night. In my lease it does state that tenant is responsible for lest control but this is infestation was already present I am now killing roaches every day and even found one in my bed last night . So it's clear there was already and infestation What are my rights . I read online that the landlord needs to provide a habitable place regardless of a pest controlagreement. All it says was Tennant responible for pest control .
if the lease says tenant responsible for pest control. your best bet is to get a pest control company out ASAP. Spray and traps do not work on German cockroach infestations. The expense of pest control is cheaper than legal fees so that is something to weigh in response to this issue.
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Florida Statutes 83.51 (2)(a) provides that "unless otherwise agreed in writing" landlord shall make provisions for pest control. It sounds like you otherwise agreed that pest control is your responsibility. I agree with my colleague that you should hire a profession pest control company.
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If the Lease says that pest control is YOUR responsibility, then hire a good pest control company for the term of your lease, and get them started now. One must pick his/her battles, and I do NOT think you want to get into a "they were here before we moved in/no they weren't! " argument with your landlord the first month of your lease. It could do more harm then good, and will likely be FAR more expensive then just getting the pest control company started NOE, rather AFTER you try to "force" the LL to do it out of principle (all the while LIVING with the roaches). me, I would just the company (i.e, you have to anyway, you are obligated to do so under your lease).
If you are new to the area, I'll add that roaches are quite typically a part of life in steamy, sub tropical South Florida. For most folks, it aint no big deal.
But hey, it's your call; if you really want to challenge the LL on this, just retain a good local tenants lawyer and go for it.
Hope this helps.
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