Original post made by Karen, Birdland, on Jan 13, 2010
I remember reading awhile back some posts regarding problems with rats that other Pleasanton residents have had.
I am wondering if anyone can provide some guidance/suggestions on the following situation.
We have been renting a home here for a little over a year. Beginning December 18th we noticed that we had a problem with rats in the attic and garage (my husband saw one in the garage and we started hearing them in the attic.) Also, about that same time we noticed our neighbors having pest control trucks in front of their homes so we are assuming this problem is throughout the neighborhood.
Anyway, after contacting our landlords, they refused to hire professionals to deal with the rats. Instead, they put "bait" in the garage and did not seal up any entry spots into the house like I'm assuming a professional company would have done. Now, our house STINKS!!! You can smell the decomposing rats and the stench is unimaginable. Finally, on Monday our landlords paid someone to come and take the bodies that they were able to find out of the attic, but the smell won't go away and the entry points and bait are still there!! According to the technician that came out, we will continue to have this problem as long as the holes are still there.
So...the advice I need is what are my legal rights as a renter? Last night the smell was so bad when I returned from work that I packed up some stuff and moved our family out. I sent our landlord an email and said I would deduct the costs from our rent, but haven't yet heard back. Can anyone help shed some light on this situation for me? Similar problems? How to get help? Who to contact? Etc... I want to make sure our landlords don't retaliate by not giving us our deposit back if we need to break our lease in move out.