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What Pests are Allowed in Florida Renters rights?/Which Pests Must Landlords Eliminate?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Oct 06, 2023 | 4 Comments

Dealing with pests in Florida can be a significant problem that requires a lot of effort, knowledge, and money to eliminate effectively. Some landlords may cut corners and provide insufficient pest control services, which can be frustrating. You may be curious about which pests are protected under Florida law.  It's possible to argue that all pests are covered, but that particular argument requires expertise in the law.

Instead, let's focus on the pests that the Florida Landlord and Tenant Act addresses in Fla. Stat. s. 83.51.

Under Fla. Stat. s. 83.51, under most* circumstances, the landlord is expressly required to exterminate rats, mice, roaches, ants, wood-destroying organisms, and bedbugs.

*Note, as I discussed in the following article How long does a landlord have to get rid of roaches in Florida?/Can I break my lease because of roaches in Florida? Part I, a landlord, is not always responsible for pest control.  Moreover, sometimes, lawyers have to get creative to make arguments that a landlord is responsible for pest control.

Are pests causing chaos in your home? It's time to take charge! We provide options for tenants just like you and invite you to complete our online form to learn more about the options we offer or contact us today.

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The Law Offices of Debi V. Rumph and Debi's Tenant Clinic Corner About Us Since July 2005, The Residential Realty Law Firm provided a wide range of legal services as it related to home ownership. However, on July 1, 2012, The Residential Realty Law Firm became the Law Offices of Debi V. Rumph. Debi pr...


jagrit Reply

Posted Nov 16, 2023 at 07:55:18

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Debi Rumph Reply

Posted Dec 18, 2023 at 08:07:15

Jagrit, it is true that you should work with a pest control professional that you can trust.

Jerome Washington Reply

Posted Feb 03, 2024 at 05:50:22

Hello, my lease has in writing that monthly services will be held. In the past 3 plus years we have held to beg the landlord to get someone out to spray a total of 3 times, which is supposed to be 12 annually. Can I or should I submit a repair and deduction?

Debi Rumph Reply

Posted Feb 05, 2024 at 08:05:48

Hello Jerome, if your lease agreement includes monthly pest control, and your landlord has not provided it, you can take action. I suggest that you serve your landlord with a 7-day notice, also known as a Demand to Cure. This notice will give your landlord a chance to rectify the situation within the given time frame. You can access the form and read more about its use at this URL: However, before using this form, make sure you’re ready to move forward with terminating your lease or that you have an anti-eviction strategy employed. To learn more about your options, please see these informative pages at this URL: We wish you luck with this legal matter, Jerome!

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