Thursday, October 21, 2010

Getting rid of bedbugs: Is landlord or tenant responsible?

Getting rid of bedbugs: Is landlord or tenant responsible?

The rules can vary from state to state and even county to county but in Virginia they are pretty consistent. They go by the Virginia Landlord Tenant Act. I was unable to find specific rules for Roanoke but Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Fairfax, Falls Church, Loudoun County and Prince Williams County are all the same. They all follow Virginia Code. This is why I'm having a hard time understanding why Legal Aid sued the landlord in the post below. Is Roanoke going against the Virginia Landlord Tenant Act? Robert Akerson Jr. lost the case. And if they are going against what our politicians thought would be fair, why are they doing this?

Here are the guidelines for the counties listed above.

The tenants are responsible for exterminating infestations in apartments. And that includes all infestations such as bed bugs, roaches, ants, stink bugs, etc. The responsibilities for infested single-family rentals and leased condos depend on how many rentals the landlord owns.

Here is info on Arlington which is the same across all of the above listed counties who follow Virginia code.


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