If you own an apartment complex or any other shared space that you rent out to tenants, one unit's infestation of bedbugs can be a real problem and should be dealt with as quickly as possible. As a landlord, you are required to keep the units that you lease out habitable, but you can't enter a unit without warning unless it's an emergency. Unless the tenant gives you permission, you must give a 24-hour written notice that you and the contractor you've hired to handle the bedbug problem will be entering the unit. If you follow all the appropriate rules for entering and the tenant refuses to let you enter to deal with the problem, they may risk eviction. It's always good to detail these situations in the lease that you have them sign when they first begin to rent the unit from you.
If the tenant is at fault for bringing the bugs in and you can prove it, he or she may be charged for the spraying. On the other hand, if nothing at all is done about it, they may call someone on their own and simply deduct the cost from their rent.

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POSTED January 20 2014 1:02 PM

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