How long am I supposed to wait for the landlord to fix the rat problem in my house?

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How long am I supposed to wait for the landlord to fix the rat problem in my house?

I first heard scratching and rustling a week ago, not knowing what it was. Then, two days ago, I heard the rat come in. I laid a plate of food out of night, and the complete plate of food was gone by the morning I came back to house. I informed the landlord the day after the holiday. They came and filled the hole outside that was supposedly the point of entry. However, this morning, I was awakened by the sound of a rat trap going off and rattling like it was trying to get out. I looked, and low and behold, another rat was caught. Am I able to break my lease with these people or when can I?

Asked on July 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord has a reasonable amount of time to try and remedy a rodent infestation in a rental. From what you have written, the landlord made a quick attempt to remedy the rat problem.

Apparently a pest extermination company is now needed. I would advise your landlord of the need to get a professional extermination company to eliminate the vermin infestation at your rental.

You do not have a basis to break your lease over the problem you are writing about at this point. If the problem continues for a month or so without resolution, then you may be in a position to end your lease without recourse.


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