Terminating Lease Due to Bed Bugs

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My husband, daughter and I moved into a managed townhouse community (conjoined row houses) in March 2010. By April, I realized that the house was infested with bed bugs. I went to the leasing office, who reassured me that the previous renters did not complain of bed bugs. They agreed to pay for the cost of the extermination, but I had to pay about $3000.00 to prepare my home for extermination (space bags, laundromat, bleach, etc.). Our home was bed bug free for about 3 months, before I realized we had them again. My landlord has once again agreed to pay for the extermination, but I have to pay the preparation costs. I spoke with my neighbor two doors away who informed me that her home was infested with bed bugs 30 days after her family moved in. At this point, I just want to terminate my lease and move to a new home as I cannot afford to continue addressing this issue every few months. I have lost several days of work due to this issue. Is there any way I can terminate my lease without being responsible for paying penalties to my current landlord? Please help!!!!

Meradith

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Edited on: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 1:37 am
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