What are my rights if my apartment is infested with roaches?
I moved in this apartment a month ago. Even before moving I saw lots of roaches and requested that management office get the apartment roach free. After moving in the problem persisted. The apartment complex has tried pest control a few times but still there are roaches. When I went to tell my problems to the office, the assistant manager was rude and she even asked me to get out of the office and come only when the manager was in. How can I get out of this situation. I don't want any fights but a safe and harmless place to live. I have a 9 month old baby.
A landlord is supposed to make sure that the property they rent is habitable and does not expose their tenants to health problems. I suggest that you write a letter to the landlord (send certified mail) indicating that the apartment is inhabitable and that your previous requests to abate the roach problem have gone ignore and that you are providing notice through this letter that you intend to move out at the end of the month if the problem is not fixed and that you will not be paying rent for the balance of the lease because his failure to remediate the problem is a breach of the lease (i.e. breach of your quiet enjoyment of the property). Make sure you keep a copy of the green card and the letter so you can use this in court if the landlord ignores you. You may also have a claim against the landlord if your baby is hurt.