Q. If my house is infested with German cockroaches (I rent the house), is that a health code violation? I live in New Hanover County (but not in Wilmington city limits) and am wondering if I should call New Hanover County Code Enforcement to report a zoning/building code violation? The owner and property management company are ignoring the infestation. I have children and the roaches are very unsanitary.
A. “There is no violation as far as New Hanover County Code Enforcement,” said Joshua Swift, deputy director of the county health department. “The person should review his/her agreed upon conditions of contract or lease agreement and may consider consulting an attorney.”
Unfortunately, given our temperate climate and our proximity to water, cockroaches are a fairly constant presence in coastal North Carolina. Asking your landlord to spray, sprinkling boric acid or setting roach traps can greatly reduce the problem.
Date posted: November 30, 2012
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