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Old 08-12-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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I signed the lease 2 days ago in fairfax and I went to check before I move my stuff in yesterday. I see roaches and bedbugs in the apartment. I went to homedepot and bought raid fogger and stuff like that and used them in the apartment. After 2 hrs, I went back to check again and I see hundreds of dead and alive roaches and bedbugs. I did the fogger again and after 2-3 hours I went back and I see more. Now I feel I made the mistake. Can I cancel the lease and walk away? Please help.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:21 AM
 
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Probably. If they don't allow you to, at least for a small fee, then call the health department. I think there are some rules about renting a place with bedbugs, or at least some policies they have. And there is this:
http://bedbugregistry.com/

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Old 08-12-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Call the numbers here: VDACS - Office of Consumer Affairs - Landlord-Tenant Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/consumers/f-landlord.shtml - broken link)

Take pictures of the bugs so you have proof, though it should be easy to prove they were there.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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thx all for help. Do you guys have a link to the website showing the law that would help me? Thx again.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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If there is a specific law, I can't point to it. Did you rent from a private landlord or a company?

The other option would be to go to the property management company and make a stink with the hope that they would prefer to let you out of your lease rather than put up with you for a year. But this would probably be a long shot. No matter what, the quicker you act the better your chances. If there is a way to get out it probably has a time frame attached to it.

Start making calls to the numbers I directed you to, those people get this question a hundred times a day and are far better equipped to help.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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Definitely contact the consumer affairs office, and also consider the (free) local Legal Aid office. And take plenty of photos of those roaches.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Arlington
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If property management person does not help, I heard it might work to contact the legal department of the property management or maybe higher up and if they don't let you out of the lease you can start to make a stink . I don't think it is worth the trouble and bad publicity for one lease.
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