My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: FL
My friend moved in to a rental unit in Orlando, she is in the second floor, two bedroom apartment, the place is next to a lake. I stayed there one weekend, I slept in the living room and at 2am in the morning I heard rats squeaking in the kitchen wall, several feet from where I was sleeping in the living room couch, this went on for a good 3 hours, they came in through the AC closet which is in one of the kitchen walls, I could actually hear them squeaking and moving several feet away from me, the only thing separating us was the door from AC unit. I had a really bad night as I figured they were going to run around the living room anytime. The next morning we opened the door where the AC unit is and there were fresh rat feces, they also had knocked down the pipe that drains the AC)..
I spoke with my friend the next morning and she said that the handy man for the building had patched the holes but apparently he didnt patched all of them. That same day I was walking my friends dog and I met the building manager, I told her about the rats the night before, she mentioned she was new to the place and that she understood there was a problem with rats, she had ordered all the ceiling and holes to be closed so the rats couldn't find their way in to the walls. She said she would have the handy man check to see and patch any holes. This was back on labor weekend. Today I spoke with my friend as I was going to go and visit her this weekend, she said that finally pest control came in and put out traps, apparently they were living in the stove, they also tore the dogs toys to build their nests, which tells me that they were out and about the apartment. My friend would like at least the stove to be changed or something.
They are sealing the building but this will take 4-6 weeks, in the meantime they are using the rental unit next to hers as bait to bring them in an kill them, she woke up yesterday and with two dead rats in the stove and one on the floor. there are feces all over the stove. They are still renting units even when they know they have a rat infestation.
I am a guy who used to be a boy scout, slept in tents in the woods of south america, not afraid of sleeping outside, but the thought of rats running around a couple feet from me was very eerie.
Can my friend move out of the place? she doesnt want to loose her deposit, apparently the building manager is a lawyer from NY that has taken tenants to court(dont know for what tho, and not sure if she is licensed to practice in Florida either)