My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I used to live in 4 plex (2 upstairs and 2 downstairs units) in a rural area. I received a copy of my deductions from my deposit and saw a charge for $780 for getting rid of cockroaches. During the entire time I lived there, I never saw a cockroach. I did not have ants either, and the landlord did not find an ant problem.
I have since called my old neighbors. None of them saw a pest control guy come, and none of them have seen any signs of roaches. They also said that the landlord never informed them of a possible problem. When I moved, I bought boxes from U-Haul and banker boxes from costco, so I am sure they did not come into my old place through those means. I also lived there for 3 days after I moved all the items out of my old place. It was just me, my 2 cats, cleaning supplies, and a inflatable mattress. If there had been roaches, my cats would have gone nuts going after them. I moved the fridge and gas range to clean the walls and floor, along with wiping the inside and outside of every cupboard. Still no sign of any roaches. Other than that, the only other deductions were for patching holed where I wall mounted the TV, a sopt in the tub where I forgot to clean (where the soap holder was), and the blinds (funny thing is that I bought new ones and installed them the day I moved out, I have the receipt for that so I know thats bull).
I plan on going to small claims to get my money back and attach damages as allowed by law. What are california laws regarding multi-dweling units with regards to pest controll? My new landlord advised me on the issue and said that the landlord was responsible, and that she was going to talk with her lawyer to see what they said regarding the situation. Does this cost seem exorbant? I have yet to see an invoice and they did not send me a detailed sheet with deductions, so I do not know who did the extermination. I also did not sign away my rights to get invoices and a detailed deduction sheet.
I have pics of the apartment when it was empty.
What should I do? What laws apply here?
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I have an interesting update. A neighbor of mine contacted me today. After hearing about the story she contacted the landlord who then came to her place to talk to her. The landlord told her they found 2 dead cockroaches and no live ones. They also told her that the exterminator said that there was no need for him to do anything as there wasn't a problem.
She volunteered to testify, but I think that her testimony could be considered heresy. I'm trying to get ahold of the exterminator. Anyone have any thoughts or advice?