It's a month-to-month lease. We've been having rat problems for the past 2 weeks. When we found 2 rats, we reported them to the landlord. The landlord hired a terminator who inspected the house and said they did what they could but couldn't guarantee that the rats wouldn't come again of course. The landlord also filled the holes in the house where rats could potentially come through. Nevertheless, we still saw a couple of more rats afterwards. It's been about a week since we saw more rats and we don't know when they're going to come again What is my obligation to the landlord at this point if we just want to move out. We have children and we don't feel safe. How much of a notice should we give to the landlord? Also could we ask for moving costs?
Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name is XXXXX XXX I will be assisting you. Local and state laws can differ somewhat, but generally speaking, when an issue such as your is raised to the landlord, the landlord would have a reasonable time to make repairs. In your case, you mentioned that the landlord was notified and that the landlord has taken action. Thus, under the law, the landlord has taken the appropriate action to remedy your complaint. For example, the landlord has hired someone to address the rat issue and that issue has been addressed. Your obligation to the landlord is to continue making monthly rent payments or to give proper notice and terminate your month-to-month agreement. The proper notice should be stated within your written lease agreement. If it is not, state statutes will provide the amount of notice to give on a month-to-month tenancy. If you need that information and it's not in your lease, feel free to mention where you live and will be happy to look it up for you.
Finally, the landlord would be under no obligation to provide moving costs for a number of reasons. First, he took all appropriate steps to address your complaint and in fact, it appears that the rat issue may now be resolved. Further, since you are on a short-term lease, either part can give notice at any time and the lease would terminate soon thereafter. Lastly, moving costs are not generally awarded by the court unless a tenant is forced to move by actions of the landlord. In your case, if this matter went before a judge, most likely a judge would find that the landlord has taken all reasonable action to date.
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