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.
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.
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