Brighton, MA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island

Q: ongoing mouse problem in apt, Now exterminators are baiting my apt while I'm here w dog. Can I vacate without penalty?

Mice have been an ongoing issue, have caught 9 since October 2015. No mice have chewed through walls and exterminators are baiting my apartment individually while my dog and I are occupying the residence. I would like to terminate my lease early. Management company is telling me I am responsible for the 30 days from notice and additionally 2 months rent as penalty fee for breaking the lease. Since I have just 2.5 months left, I'm responsible for paying out the year even though I've been living with mice for 9 months?

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: You say you are in Brighton MA but you posted your question in Rhode Island. If you are able to negotiate an early termination of your lease, you will be most easily able to move and terminate the lease. If you are not able to come to an acceptable arrangement with your land/mice lord, then meet with a local attorney to review your lease, the evidence of the infestation, and all communications you have had regarding mice and men.

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