Law Offices of John J. Ferry, Jr. | John J. Ferry, Jr.
There's a procedure by which you can post your rent payments to the prothonotary until the landlord fixes the issue. In the alternative, you could simply move out without paying the cancellation fee. If you do that, be prepared to defend a claim for rent from the landlord by presenting evidence that the apartment was uninhabitable due to the infestation.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
Check your lease. Who is responsible for keeping the apartment free of vermin and infestation? Sometimes it's the tenant. It can cost a lot of money to remedy a bed bug infestation. Do you know how the bugs got there? Were they there when you moved in? Then the landlord should pay. Did you bring them in? Then, if the lease says so, you should clean up the problem. If you don't know or can't tell, then you'll have to follow the lease. Whoever the lease says is responsible has to clean up the mess. But your question is deeper than that. Can the landlord charge you four months' rent for moving out early? No. Not really. The rule is in a residential lease if the tenant leaves early then the landlord is required to find a new tenant for the space. If the landlord is then made whole, he cannot pursue the tenant. If there is a shortfall, then the tenant is responsible to make up the shortfall until the end of the tenant's term. But he has to sue you for and then collect. Don't just pay him the money. You can always negotiate it down if he comes after you.
Answer Applies to: New York
The Coyle Law Office | T. Andrew Coyle
If possible, take pictures of the bedbugs or of any other evidence of the infestation. Send notice to the landlord through certified mail that you find the apartment to be inhabitable and you are giving them 30 days to fix the situation and that, if they do not, you will be moving out and expecting return of your security deposit. The landlord may not go along and this may end up in court, so you want to make sure you document everything with pictures and certified mailings.
Answer Applies to: Illinois