What to do about surprise cockroaches on day 1 of our lease?
May 18, 2012 10:05 AM Subscribe
We just signed a year long lease on a very nice house but haven't moved in yet. The lease started on Tuesday, the checks are cashed by the landlord, and the walkthrough in the bright light of day was fine. The landlord assured us that there were no bug problems (except termites in the past, which have been treated).
However, yesterday evening when we were moving the first load of stuff to the new house, we spotted multiple cockroaches (outside, but against the house/diving into cracks in the foundation). NOOOO!!! How to proceed when we would have not signed the lease under these conditions?
posted by cakebatter to home & garden (23 answers total)
Cockroaches are somewhat uncommon in our area. My last few places have not had them, and i am kind of messy. We would NOT have signed the lease if we had any idea that there were cockroaches. Even though we haven't seen any inside yet, there is no way they won't infiltrate once we provide the traces of food and moisture and human stuff to lure them in, right?
From what I have read online, this breaks the reasonable habitability clause, but we need to ask the landlord to correct the problem first. After that, can we break the lease? Can we opt out without having him try to fix the problem? We don't want to live with roaches, even temporarily, and feel that since he specifically told us there wasn't any cockroaches, and that we haven't occupied yet, that this may be reasonable. Is it?
I feel TERRIBLE, because the owners and landlord are really nice, and breaking the move seems like a dick move. But, cockroaches!!!!! UGH.