Can I break my lease if I discovered bed bugs?

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Can I break my lease if I discovered bed bugs?

Asked on July 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

There is nothing stopping you from breaking your lease that you have with your landlord if you find bed bugs in your rental. However, just because your break your lease does not exempt you from being subject to the balance left on the lease with recourse owed the landlord.

I would advise your landlord of the vermin found in the rental and request that he or she remedy it as soon as possible. Just because the bed bugs exist at your rental does not allow you under the law from terminating your lease without recourse owed the landlord from what you have written.


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