Ok how do I deal with this situation(2 posts)
Here's the deal: 6 months ago my apartment complex had exterminators in for an infestation across the 8 ft. breezeway from my unit. None of the units on this side of the breezeway were treated, but several on that side were.
Sure enough, once i started to research the little guys and look for signs, about 3 months ago I discovered 2 bugs in my bed. I promptly informed the apartment complex, bed bugs were confirmed as the problem, and they made arrangements for extermination.
The issue is they are now trying to charge me nearly $800 for the service to my and the surrounding units. The lease says nothing specifically about me responsible besides language such as "responsible for the cost of services, etc. due to tenant 'negligence', etc." Anyway, I told them I wasn't paying for it since obviously there had just been an infestation and the manager told me, no, I was resposible because they could not have crossed the 8ft. breezeway. So I guess my question is, are there any experts or PCOs or lawyers in North Carolina that know the laws specifically and would be able give me specific information to refute this charge?
Thx in advance
I don't recall there being any posts here from people who identified as being from NC before, which means that I have no evidence about NC laws at all.
I would begin by contacting your local tenants' rights organization. They may know what the local laws are, and if they don't, they almost certainly know what local organizations will.
I'm sorry to hear about your apartment complex's management's response.
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