Is my landlord responsible to pay for a bed bug exterminator?
First things first, if you rent you should talk to your landlord right away. In many jurisdictions, it is the landlord's financial responsibility to provide a safe and habitable environment, which includes one free of infestations. Although the law can vary from state to state, generally speaking a landlord must pay to exterminate pests, such as bed bugs, that a tenant has not introduced. In some municipalities, the landlord is only responsible if more than one unit is affected. First - check your lease. Then do some research on your local laws.
Unfortunately, in the case of multi-unit buildings, it is exceedingly difficult to determine who introduced the bed bugs (and consequently, who is financially responsible for the extermination). If you are a long-term tenant in a single-unit building, it will be especially challenging for you to prove that you did not introduce the bed bugs to the unit, and you are more likely to be responsible for footing the bill.
Regardless, contact your landlord or manager immediately, as they may be able to determine if the infestation came from another unit. They may also arrange for an exterminator to inspect the unit, which can help determine when a particular rental unit became infested and thus the financial responsibility for the extermination.
If you or your landlord determine that you are responsible, you can contact a professional exterminator for a quote (may be a few hundred to over a thousand dollars), or it is possible to try bed bug home remedies to kill bed bugs yourself.
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