Roaches don't wear diapers. They also have horrible manners and poor hygiene skills. They make terrible house guests. And, if they choose to invade your apartment, it is time to tell them to "Bug Off!"
If you have discovered roaches in your apartment, contact your landlord or apartment manager. It is his or her responsibility to hire an exterminator. If a phone call or personal visit doesn't work, write a complaint letter.
A complaint letter to your landlord shows that you are serious about this issue. It also provides an opportunity for him/her to develop an action plan before responding to your complaint. It also can be a more professional way of handling the issue. Below are some sample letters to help you write your own.
If possible, type the letter. Most libraries have printers and computers available at no cost. Also, try to write the letter using business letter format. If you can afford it, send the letter via certified, signature delivery.
Letter to Apartment Manager
Dear Mrs. Hernandez,
I have discovered roaches in my apartment. This poses a health hazard. It is not only unsanitary, it unpleasant to live with. I have left you two voice mails regarding this issue and have not heard a response. This letter is my next attempt at resolving this issue.
My apartment number is 43c in the Emerald Bay Apartment Village. I signed my lease in October of 2016. I was planning to renew my least in two months, however, if I continue to see roaches, I will be planning to move.
Please schedule an exterminator visit no later that June 15th. If you fail to do so, I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau.
You may reach me at anytime at (443)342-3421. I hope to hear from you soon.
Complaint to College Housing Director
Dear Mr. Quigley,
I am a freshman at Valley Heights. I live in the Scarborough Dorm, in room # 327. Overall, I have been happy with my college choice. I have already built great friendships and enjoy the atmosphere. I love all of my professors, and feel this college was a good fit for me.
However, in the past week, I have been very unhappy with a serious issue in my dorm. My roommate and I found roaches. After discussing this with other dorm residents, I have learned this is a serious problem among the freshman dorms.
Roaches pose a serious health hazard. They are terrible house guests. They can also be disruptive to studying and college life. I am asking you to please schedule an exterminator visit immediately.
If you would like to discuss this issue with me further, please contact me at (333)234-3343. Thank-you for your service to Valley Heights. Have a great day!
Message to Townhome Manager
Dear Mr. Mabry,
I am the tenant for unit # 443b in the Diamond Mountain Townhome Complex. I moved in last February. I chose this townhome village because it is convenient to school, is in a quiet area, and offers nice amenities.
However, I have become very upset about a serious issue. There seems to be a horrible roach problem. I have texted you, and left a voicemail about this issue. I am now asking you again, to please schedule an exterminator visit immediately.
Mr. Mabry, roaches are not only annoying and dirty. They are a serious health hazard. I have attached an article for your reference on the dangers of roach infestations.
If I do not hear from you by Friday, March 15th, I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau. I plan to file a complaint if nothing is done to resolve the roach problem.
Please contact me at (342)233-4343. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to hear from you soon.
These are just three sample complaint letters to landlords regarding roach infestation problems. For more advice, please read "Sample Letters to Landlord About Swimming Pool."
If you your landlord does not provide a proper response, do not hesitate to contact the Better Business Bureau. Good Luck!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Virginia on April 22, 2020:
What if you are just renting a space so far I have cn roaches and mice in my trailor?