Asked in Personal Injury, Education Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: My college moved me into a dorm infested with roaches. Can I sue?

I moved into my current dorm over a month ago. When I moved in I saw it was infested with roaches and not properly cleaned since the last tenants, toe nail in the medicine closet dust and grime everywhere. Dead roaches under the fridge, broken furniture. I told them I wouldn’t move out of my old dorm until they killed all the roaches. They came and sprayed. There were still roaches a week later but they forced me to move into the new dorm saying that someone else was moving into my new dorm. After that I went everyday and complained in person about the roaches and got lots of empty promises about them coming to spray again. I put out my own traps the day I was forced to move in and dead roaches are still popping up. Just yesterday so a month after they sprayed I was loading the dishwasher and a roach climbed up my hand. We are still finding and killing roaches. I don’t really want to sue.

Would sueing decreases my chances of transferring schools? What about getting into med school?

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert Edward Heyman
Robert Edward Heyman
  • St Petersburg, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Stop right now with thoughts of lawsuits and medical school.

While not named, I question why you would want to continue to attend a school which has already treated you so poorly. If the school is truly where you want to go, consider off campus housing. You cannot sue the school because your dorm room has roaches. Even if you could, the process would probably be resolved just about the time you graduate.

I suggest you take your complaints much higher in the school's hierarchy - to the Dean of Students if necessary.

Good luck

Robert Heyman

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