Can I break my lease due to rats? 2 Answers as of February 18, 2014

We recently found out that the smell from our stove was in fact rat urine. We even found rat droppings in it. Not only there but under the dishwasher and fridge. We told the landlord and he gave me sticky pads to bait them in. The only problem is, I have a pup who is very curious and would get stuck to one of them really quick. I'm just wondering what precautions do I need to take and as a landlord is the sticky pads good enough to get rid of rats?





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Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
The landlord is required to take reasonable steps to exterminate. I don't believe sticky pads meets that standard. Demand, in writing, a professional exterminator ASAP.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/18/2014
Wayne J. Wimer, Inc. P.S.
Wayne J. Wimer, Inc. P.S. | Wayne J. Wimer
Sticky pads won't work. Call the health department and complain about the rats. That will force the owner to deal with the problem.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 2/18/2014
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