Posted by Cranky Tenant on December 20, 2001 at 13:14:39:
In Reply to: Roach infected apartment posted by bogophobe on December 20, 2001 at 11:52:27:
About a year ago the city inspected my apartment. The inspectors pointed out a wall with fake wood paneling and commented that was the kind of construction that breeds roach problems. If the renovation was done with sheetrock where the seams and corners aren't sealed, roaches will travel back and forth through the walls every time you fumigate the place. Then if your nighbor sprays, or there's construction in the building, they'll come back looking for a more hospitable place.
The only solution is to seal the apartment. Caulk up the spaces where panels and other materials don't meet, spackel the holes and cracks in the walls. Of course it's the LL's responsibility to keep the apartment free of vermin but most will only send an exterminator by once a month.
: We just moved into our newly renovated apartment just to find out there are roaches crawling everywhere. Since I have a horrible phobia of them, I immediately started fighting back. I fumigated the whole apartment, bought every possible thing on the market to combat them, had the place sprayed and gelled (out of my own pocket), and yet nothing is helping.
: The building is old and I believe that is the reason for them. I am extremely clean and there is really no reason I should have them. I called my landlord, but most he did was sent the exterminator to spray some more even though I told him what I want is a full inspection of the property, so that the problem can be solved permanently, not just covered up.
: I want to know what my rights are. Can I break my lease based on this alone? How much can I expect from my landlord, based on the law? What do i do if the problem persists?
: Any suggestions will help.
: Thank you.
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