Can I sue my landlord for mice infestation?

I kept finding holes in my food packages and couldn’t figure out what it was. Well, last night I saw a mouse run across the floor of my apartment! I spoke with my neighbor and they have mice as well. I’ve tried talking to my landlord, but they won’t do anything. Can I sue my landlord for mice infestation?

Emily Maracle · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear this! Mice definitely aren’t something you want in your apartment. It is possible to sue your landlord for a mice infestation, but it depends on state laws and your lease.
If your lease has a clause stating a tenant is responsible for pest control, you’d be responsible for paying extermination fees to help rid your apartment of mice. Additionally, your state may also have laws on tenants’ rights and responsibilities when dealing with rodent infestations.
Before taking legal action, review your lease and research your state’s laws. If you find your landlord should be responsible for the infestation, see if you can come to an agreement. In some cases, you could pay for the extermination fee upfront, but your landlord will either reimburse you or take the expenses off your next month’s rent.
If you can’t come to an agreement, or your landlord is refusing to take responsibility, you’ll want to meet with a lawyer who specializes in tenants’ rights or is a tenant lawyer.
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