Bedbug problem bites at tenant

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Q: One unit in our fourplex has a bedbug problem. The landlord hired an exterminator, who found a bug in two other units, so he recommends treating the entire building. We’re going to have to take time off from work to prepare our apartment, then spend a night in a motel. We didn’t cause this problem. Shouldn’t the landlord reimburse us for the time off work, in addition to our lodging costs? –Natalie B.

A: Whether you can fairly (and legally) expect the landlord to cover your expenses depends on whether your state has addressed this situation. Unfortunately, very few have, though that is changing as the bedbugs are once again starting to bite.