What is the law regarding extermination and early lese termination?

UPDATED: Jul 4, 2012

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What is the law regarding extermination and early lese termination?

I am in a lease for the next 5 months. I have repeatedly asked him to spray for spiders. There are spiders in my apartment and my son is allergic to any type of bug bites. My landlord told me that I need to go tand get my own spray because he is not responsible to spray for bugs; however a couple of months ago he sprayed for ants. Spiders and ants are not something that I had brought into this apartment. When I moved in, there were ants in the apartment. I don’t have food or drinks sitting around for ants to “enjoy”. I need to know if I can get out of my lease early without being sued.

Asked on July 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord is not taking care of the pest infestation in your rental to your satisfaction, I would contact your local department of health and ask for an inspection of the rental. If the health department cites your landlord for the pest issue that you have and the landlord does not remedy the matter to the health department's satisfaction, then you would be in good shape to possibly terminate your lease without recourse.

I suggest that you consult further with a landlord tenant attorney about your situation.

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