My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Florida
At my previous apartment there was a bedbug infestation all throughout the building my unit was in. Much sleep and peace of mind was lost by me during the final months of my stay there. At the end of my lease (07/31/2011) I moved out management included a charge of $250 for bedbug treatment in the final account statement. Management was notified several times during the last three or four months of the situation and neglected to do anything about it.
Can I get this charge dropped? Tomorrow I intend to send them this letter via certified mail. Is it a good idea? Any recommendations for changes to it?
I am currently searching for a copy of my lease.To: ............ and other managers of ............
Your final account statement with the list of damages dated 09/01/2011 was received by me on the date 09/02/2011.
I do not agree with the following charge against me:
Claim of damage: bedbug infestation and billing for treatment
My reason for dispute: 1. The bedbug infestation was not caused by me. I was a victim of it.
2. Under Florida law it is the landlords responsibility to exterminate bedbugs. (is this true?)
3. ............... is responsible for pest management as per the lease agreement.
The total amount which will be disputed by me is $250.00.
I can be contacted at the phone number ................ for further discussion.
Tenant: .......... Date
Also, would I have a case against the apartment for my lost sleep and peace of mind?