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Unfortunately,bed bugs are not considered a wear and tear item. Thus, as with any other damage caused by a resident, the LL may be able to charge the resident for the cost to treat the unit if it is determined that the resident is responsible for the infestation.
So, yes, there is a significant chance that he could keep all or part of your deposit.
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While I agree that the above statutes apply in general, the issue in your case is that the LL is claiming that you might be the cause of the infestation. This is why my answer says:
if it is determined that the resident is responsible for the infestation.
This would be an issue of fact for the jury or judge to decide based on expert witness testimony.
So basically compare your situation with that of a new tenant that is just moving in and find this bed bug problem.
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