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In a perfect world, most apartment problems can be handled by just contacting the property management. Unfortunately, delays, disagreements and service failures are a reality, and you may need to fend for yourself until the management takes action. Take a look at a few things you can do to handle pest control on your own if management is a bit slow, and what to do to avoid too much damage to your wallet.
Avoid Personal Investigations And Opt For Quick, Professional Calls
If you've notified your building manager, maintenance and/or land owner of a pest problem and they haven't moved to help you yet, your first action should be to contact pest control. Even if you can't afford or don't want to pay for pest control, a free consultation can help you push management into action. There are many different techniques for detecting pests, but as a renter, avoid taking on too much responsibility and just leave it to a professional.
As a renter, put emphasis on free. If you're willing to pay for consultation just to get the issue resolved quickly, know that you may not be able to recoup fees from the land owner without a legal challenge. Instead, explain the situation and a reasonable agreement can be met to any services that don't already offer a free consultation.
Make sure to document the consultation and alert all parties involved. In addition to paper receipts, take advantage of modern conveniences and keep an email chain going. For any correspondence with pest control, be sure to copy building management or the land owner in your emails to keep them in the loop, even if they aren't responding. In the case of a legal challenge, you'll at least be able to show that you've notified management in a timely manner.
The information from a pest control professional is also helpful for contacting a health inspector, which is the next step if management doesn't act on the pest control information. Health inspectors will still need to perform their own review of the issue, but health code violations with proof of previous contact can be helpful when it comes to putting pressure on the land owner.
Moving Is An Option, But Challenge First
Moving isn't always as simple as packing up and going to another place. The cost of another apartment with a security deposit or lack of availability could leave you stuck at your current, infested apartment, but know that a judge is likely to ask why you didn't move out if there was a problem.
It's a valid question, and responding with cost or availability problems are valid answers. You'll need to be sure that you've exhausted all other options and have thoroughly notified the land owner. At this point, you should share your pest control inspection information (and health inspector information, if you've done that already) with a legal professional to explore your options,
If you have to move, different states have varying laws about how long a land owner has to return a security deposit and other refunds to the tenant. Depending on the level of neglect, you may be able to sue for moving costs if you work closely with your legal representative.
Before making any legal claims or looking at other apartments, contact a pest control professional from a company like Choice Pest Control to hopefully get the proof you need to resolve everything before an unnecessary escalation.