Jacksonville, FL asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: If you move into a house that has a flea infestation prior to your moving in is it the landlord's job to treat it

I moved into my house last June we agreed to help clean the house up and everything and get it ready, well the master bedroom is a add on & it is built over a lot of sand in during the summer the fleas and the sand fleas run rapid to the point that they get into the bedroom the landlords knew this prior to us moving in in we had to make him get the house treated it was so bad. Well here it is a year later June on the profane thing again whenever I let them know they refuse to get the house sprayed and said it was up to us I would get that if it wasn't a issue prior to us living here in they knew it was nothing that had to do with us shut and I have to fit the bill or at least meet us halfway? They won't even uncalled the toilets because of a septic tank or fix the AC due to rodents eating through the heating ducts & the air ducks They say it's up to us but these are all issues that were here before we moved in and I know this because we were fixing the house up while t

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Teaching opportunity: I am willing to bet your questions will receive much more attention and responses from curious lawyers if you will make an effort to use better fifth grade grammar and also use capital letters when beginning all sentences which should only express one single thought and you should also use occasional commas when catching your breath and don't forget to use periods when you come to the end of a sentence before you start a new sentence or new paragraph which as you were taught needs to be indented.

Answer to your problem: Yes if the place was already infested BEFORE you moved in, the landlord is responsible. You can also call the county health department to report it; however doing so will not be well received by your landlord.

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