Can I charge my tenant for roaches? - Posted by Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer on August 10, 2009 at 08:47:58:
I have a rental house that my tenant just moved out of, and I went in to find it infested w/ roaches. This is a nice house in a rural area w/ no close neighbors. I lived in in myself for five years w/ never a roach, and had a previous tenant who never had a problem either. The tenant who just left moved in from Philadelphia last year, and I feel he brought them with him. He was the kind of pain-in-the-ass tenant that complained about EVERYTHING (ie. “can you recaulk the bathtub, replace this one $3 miniblind, and clean the gutters?”) but he never said anything about the roaches, so he must have known he brought them with him. When I went in after he moved out, the house was very clean and there were roach motels EVERYWHERE. He knew there was a problem, and I guess he was trying to kill them before I got in to see how bad it was.
My question is…can I take the fee for treating the house for roaches out of his security deposit? I also have to take out a couple of late fees he never paid, AND the charge for cutting the knee high grass that seems to have been neglected all summer.
Thanks in advance.