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Me and my family moved into a house about 6 months ago. and in the lease agreement it stated:

Pest control policy:
Resident is responsible for any ongoing pest control service, if the resident desires such a service. Owner is not responsible for any damage done to the resident's person, or property by such pests, Or to the person or property of residents family or any other persons on the premises.

We figured it was talking about common pests, ants, roaches, rats. So we agreed to sign it. A few days after we had moved in my wife has bites on her. We had assumed that maybe it was mosquitos, it turns out that it was bedbugs. We have never had this problem before so we had no idea at the time what we where dealing with. Its six months that we moved in now and these bugs are in every room and biting all of us. I know that its in the contract, but is it legal to have us in charge of getting rid of these pests.

Hi Mario,

You should document in writing what has been happening and contact the landlord. You may have rights that protect you to some extent against these types of occurrences. The "pest control service" is generally a routine type of spraying at the property.

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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