My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
My boyfriend and I moved into an apartment complex about 3 months ago, and the very next day we woke up covered in bites, which we later identified as bed bugs. Five spray treatments later, the bugs are still here, so we want to break our lease. Here are the details: I notified the landlord the same day that I found the bites, and he claims, then and now, that he has no prior problems with bed bugs. We are positive we did not bring in the bugs ourselves, as we previously lived with a friend for 5 months with our same furniture, and neither our friend nor his new roommate have been affected by bed bugs. We had bought our mattress and box spring 2 months prior to moving into our current residence, brand new, still in the original packaging. As for the source of the bugs, I have found them crawling in and out of our sleeping deck (we live in a loft), as well as the brick wall (an outside wall) at the head of our bed. This probably explains why the five spray treatments have not worked. Up until last week, we were under the impression from the landlord that we are the first and only case of bed bugs he has had in the complex. However, we found out not only that many other tenants currently have bed bugs, but also that up to 1 year ago tenants were moving out because of bed bugs. I have not yet discussed this with my landlord, but my boyfriend and I cannot keep living like this. Essentially, our landlord leased us an apartment without disclosing that there are bed bugs, whether within our specific unit or the complex as a whole. So my main questions are what my legal rights are in this situation, and what I would be able to ask of my landlord. I want to break the lease, get my deposit back, and possibly get some of my already-paid rent back. I do not have it in writing, but I was able to convince my landlord that we did not necessarily bring in the bugs ourselves. Any help would be much-appreciated.