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Maine law gives tenants an "implied warranty
of habitability." This means that your landlord must promise that your home is safe and fit to live in. The issue with bedbugs is common and I have provided below for your review, the steps which should have been taken to resolve the problem.
1)After you notify your landlord, he must inspect your apartment
within 5 days.
2)Next, your landlord must contact a state certified pest control expert within 10 days of inspecting and finding bedbugs.
3)Then your landlord must take all reasonable steps to treat the problem, based on the expert’s advice.
4)Your landlord and the pest control expert will probably need access to your bed, furniture and other belongings. They must be respectful of your privacy but at the same time do whatever inspections are needed to take care of the problem. You need to cooperate to get rid of the bedbugs. Your landlord must tell you the costs of your participation in the process.
In addition, the landlord has no legal right to change the lease after you signed it and if you have a copy to show he did this or you did not initial the change, then he would certainly be in breach for failing to correct the problem and also fraud, for changing it after you signed it. Both actions would afford you protection and a possible right for a refund.
Here is also a link to the statute which addresses the landlords duty to mitigate damages and what you can use to show he has failed to do so, as a result of trying to rent the subject property as a vacation home at this time.
If the landlord is unwilling to cooperate and settle, then it would be worth it to retain an attorney, sue for damages and the fees and costs as well.
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