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I live in an apartment building with 4 units. I have bed

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I live in an apartment building with 4 units. I have bed bugs which I told my landlord about 2 months ago. He wants me to pay for treatment and I have to move furniture and things I am not physically able to move. He said if I do not move the furniture and pay for the bed bug treatment he is going to evict me.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.

Can you tell me which state you are in?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
A side note... I was the first person to report the bedbugs they are now in at least one other apartment so he is blaming me for all of it.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.


Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Under Ohio Law you are entitled to a rental unit that is safe and healthy to live in. It is the Landlord's responsibility to maintain the property so that it is safe for you to live in. He may not evict you for an infestation unless you caused the infestation. It is rare for a tenant to cause bedbugs to appear, and the landlord should be treating the unit.

If the landlord refuses to treat the unit you can hire someone to do it yourself and WITH HOLD from your rent payment the costs of making the repair. Before you do this you must provide WRITTEN notice to the landlord.

Also you and the other tenants may work together to approach the landlord.

In any event the first stept is to write a letter to the landlord stating that you have reviewed Ohio Landlord Tenant Laws and that he may not evict you for this and that he is responsible. Further that you will with hold the rent and pay for the treatment yourself if he does not take care of this by use of a licensed exterminator.

Here is a link to the law and to other information that may help you:

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
the landlord has an attorney and says he is going thru with the eviction if this is not handled by us. He feels this was caused by us. So I guess this is the primary issue. Will he have to prove we caused it? How hard will that be? Do i need to hire a local attorney to fight this? I am on limited income and legal aid will not help. But the treatments will cost $500. Will that money be better spent hiring an attorney?
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 6 months ago.


Bed bugs are pretty noxious and they can come from a number of sources. A thorough treatment of the property is required. It is very difficult to prove that you caused the infestation and YES they have to prove that.

Landlord tenant disputes are handled by the local magistrate and an attorney is NOT necessary. You can represent yourself in the Magisterial Court and that is usually the case.

I know that you contacted legal aid, call them again and ask if they can refer you to a pro bono attorney. (Pro Bono means that they take the case at no charge). This organization may be able to help you as well:

I hope this additional information is helpful to you.

Kind regards,


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