i was wondering if my landlord can force us to move into the apartment if it is still infested with fleasim living in an apartment building but am going to be moving into a different appartment it...

i was wondering if my landlord can force us to move into the apartment if it is still infested with fleas

im living in an apartment building but am going to be moving into a different appartment it has come to my attention that the new apartment has been infested with fleas the current tennants have used flea bombs in the apartment multiple times in the last week or so and the exterminator has come once already they said that the exterminator will need to come again to spray the building there are still fleas in that apartment

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The lease you have signed will be a significant factor, as it may contain a provision indicating responsibility for pest control. Otherwise, at common law, a landlord typically promises his tenant the "quiet enjoyment of the premises." If the flea infestation is so bad that you would be deprived of that private enjoyment, then you would have a remedy at law to cancel the lease. Under any circumstances, if you were forced to litigate this matter, it would be costly and time consuming. Your best course of action is to ask the landlord to delay your occupancy of the premises until such time as the exterminator's work is done. It is quite normal for a second treatment in cases of flea infestation to kill the offspring of the fleas earlier killed who would hatch out in the meantime. If he insists that you take possession--or at least pay rent--then you have a difficult choice to make.

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