Bed Bugs – Landlord or Tenant Responsible??

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Under my “tenant agrees to” portion says that I will agree to:

To cooperate with Landlord in keeping unit free of rodents and other pests. To permit entry and spraying (or other measures required for pest control) by Landlord or pest control company.

Now here’s the situation. I called letting them know I found bed bugs a few weeks after newer tenants moved in and I didn’t have bed bugs before that. People got sent out (did a crap job because I’m still getting bit up) and I’m getting slammed with an almost $300 charge. I wasn’t told I’d have to pay and got no bill. Only way I found out about the charge was being told I owed them more money when I went and paid my rent. It says nowhere in my lease that I am responsible. When I asked about it, I got told that they pay for pest control but since it was about bed bugs and they “checked the other apartments and found nothing” (I didn’t see them go into any other place but mine) that the charge is my responsibility. If I had the money, I’d pay them to get them to shut up but I’m barely surviving month to month right now. Am I legally responsible for this? I live in Nebraska if that makes a difference in the laws.

Please help!

Edited on: Monday, October 22nd, 2012 4:30 pm
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