1 year ago
Last edited at 6:22AM on 12/9/2012
#1 yes that is your best answer.... stop paying rent but make sure to put your rent in a separate bank account then yours and keep track of every penny... that way if your landlord tries to evict you..... you can go to court and prove to a judge that you can pay your rent and would like to pay it... but you want the rats gone..... take pics of your apartment to prove cleanliness.... and any evidence that rats are there.... anything you can think of to prove your case to a judge... good luck.... #2 take care of it yourself with a professional... keep receipt and make a copy of it right away... when rent is due deduct the amount you paid and keep the original receipt and make sure you tell the professional that you may need hi assistance in the future in case you are sued for the less rent ... Hope i have helped
1 year ago
Last edited at 6:09AM on 12/9/2012
Maybe get the shire or county to do an infestation inspection and enforce it on the owner. If its deemed unsafe (health) then you may be able to rid of it yourself and deduct it from your rent.
I would suggest for a few dollars there are blocks about 4cm square from the supermarket that rodents gnaw on and go to deep dark places to die... can be over in days for a few dollars. Keep the receipt and just short the rent that week, maybe ?
Rodents are a common problem that comes and goes, usually noticed when the weather chills and they want warmth.
Yes you can withhold the rent, after you notify your landlord via certified mail that you have intentions in doing so. Be very sure that you put the rent you would owe into a separate account in order to prove that the infestation was the sole reason you did so in the first place. You cannot just "withhold rent" unless and until you do notify the landlord via certified mail, or else you can and probably would be evicted. You also must be very specific in the wording of the letter as to what you expect, what the problem is, and how you feel it should be rectified. Good Luck!