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If I don’t live in a single family house, can I be made to stay if there are roaches?

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If I don’t live in a single family house, can I be made to stay if there are roaches?

The place I live in is not zoned as a 2-family dwelling and the family living in the back brought roaches with them. I know that the roaches came with them because prior to them moving in, there were no insects of any kind in the house. Now they are everywhere; they are so bad, that I no longer keep food in the cabinets because I don’t want them jumping out onto me or into my food. I just woke up to use the restroom, and one was crawling across my face. Do I have to stay here?

Asked on June 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord is renting out the unit as a two (2) family dwelling and it is not, then your landlord is in violation of your municipality's zoning laws which should render your lease for the premises voidable without recourse.

To be sure, I suggest that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney about your situation.

As to the cockroach situation I would contact your landlord regarding the need to rectify the matter as soon as possible and if not, contact your local health department for an inspection.


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