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Bed bugs tenant wants to break lease agreement

LANDLORD FORUMCategory: LettingBed bugs tenant wants to break lease agreement
RentalNovice asked 9 months ago

Tenant has recently signed an agreement that is for 6 months with no break clause. Unfortunately upon moving in it was found that there were bed bugs and I’ve instructed for a pest control company to rectify.

The tenant however has informed me that they want to terminate the agreement because of the bed bugs. I don’t believe they have any legal standing to do so, but reaching out for any guidance?

simon Horwell replied 3 weeks ago

Your new tenant may have a case against you as you have let a property that is unfit for purpose.

1 Answers
Marc Attwater Staff answered 3 weeks ago

Hi simon sadly no clear guide here on this subject. I would lean slightly towards the landlord afforded the opportuinity to have the chances to fix this. Ultimately the matter would rest with the judge on the day should it go that far.

simon Horwell replied 3 weeks ago

Hi Marc. You are absolutely correct but the fact remains, if the tenant is moving into a NEW property and finds an infestation, it is the landlord’s responsibility to get it sorted. If the tenant moved their bed into the property then, it may be a different matter.

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