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Tenant: Fumigation justifies rent break

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Q: I had problems with roaches at my apartment, which came from the neighbor downstairs. They moved out three weeks ago and left a very filthy place, infested with roaches. The manager has been trying to get rid of them, by fumigating constantly. The problem is that my apartment and furniture is impregnated with the smell of the pesticides. My daughter and I have had to leave (the fumes are aggravating her asthma), and we've been away for two weeks (with no sign of when the fogging will stop). My landlady offered me to move to another apartment, which is bigger, but I would have to pay more. In addition, I would have to pay to transfer my phone and electricity bill, hire people to move my stuff, and clean and wash everything. I've asked that she not charge me more for the new unit, and that she help me with the added expenses that the move will entail. She argues that she can't give me the apartment at the same rate as mine, because of the Fair Housing Act. Is this true?...