TULSA - Just the sight of tiny bedbugs causes many folks' skin to crawl.
Renter after renter has called and emailed us, asking for help in getting rid of those bedbugs when verbal requests for help from their landlord go unanswered.
If you're having issues, lawyers who handle landord tenant cases recommend you notify your landlord about the problem in writing, by certified mail, so you have a receipt -- proof your request was received.
Be specific and firm, but polite.
Tracian Laignel is a lawyer in Tulsa, and suggests you write something like this: "Could you please see to it that this problem is taken care of? If you haven't taken care of the problem within one week, I will have to find an exterminator on my own."
Then, if your landlord doesn't follow through and you end up paying for it, lawyers say you can deduct the cost of the extermination from your rent.
And they say the same procedure should be used when dealing with most any maintenance issue.
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