If you are renting a condo or apartment in the Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg, Fredricksburg or Northern Virginia area and have found your home infested with bed bugs this can be a scary time with lots of questions.
YES! right away, just remember, as a renter in the state of Virginia you have rights! Virginia law does require all landlords to follow building and housing codes affecting health and safety, and to make all repairs needed to keep the place fit and habitable. Because bed bugs make rental housing not habitable, this generally means landlords are responsible for getting rid of bed bugs.
Under Code of Virginia §§55-248.16 and 55-225.4 a tenant must do three things.
Thus it is important to tell your landlord as soon as you suspect an infestation as the only way you could be responsible for the costs is in two situations:
If your landlord refuses to believe you have bed bugs, you can send a sample of the bug or bug feces to a laboratory. We recommend vetdna.com, they are an accredited lab with DNA tests costing only $20 each. You can present the results to your landlord and the board of health.
No. Many landlords do not understand the law, and believe they may bill tenants for the cost of bed bug treatment in all situations. However, other than the two situations listed above, there is no legal authority that allows a landlord to require a tenant to pay for the cost of bed bug treatment. Anything in the lease that says otherwise cannot be enforced by the landlord against the tenant.
If a landlord does bill a tenant for the cost of bed bug treatment, the tenant should not ignore the bill. The tenant should write the landlord a reply letter. The letter should say the tenant denies owing the bill because the tenant has no responsibility to pay for the cost of bed bug treatment. The letter also should say that none of the future payments (rent or otherwise) to the landlord may be applied to the bill for the cost of bed bug treatment.
In addition, when the tenant makes future payments (rent or otherwise) to the landlord, the tenant should write a letter with each payment. The letter should say exactly how the payment is to be used (for example, for July rent). The letter also should say that none of the payment may be applied to the bill for the cost of bed bug treatment. Finally, if the landlord files a lawsuit against the tenant because the tenant did not pay for the cost of bed bug treatment, the tenant should get legal help right away.
Whether it is your home or your place of business, you need to contact a Pest Removal Service that uses the best heat technology without the use of often unreliable chemicals.
If you live or own a business in the Richmond Metro area and think you may have bed bugs contact the heat treatment experts and Clean Heat Defense to schedule your consultation.
With the use of the Green Tech Heat System, remediation begins in fifteen minutes. Our tools are the best in the industry, boasting the most powerful and safest heaters around.
Our processes are built from the ground up to keep your home and belongings safe while thoroughly eradicating any pests in the building.
Our highly trained professionals work with you to prepare for the treatment and advise you throughout the process. The best part is, one day and we are done!
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