If following the advise of the information I've pointed you to, you still can not come to a mutually agreeable course of action with youe landlord, you might want to get legal advise. In fact, you might want to get legal advise sooner than later.
Be careful, if you move out prior to the end of your lease agreement, you may be liable for the future months of agreed to rent.
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Was the home in a bad state of repair? Was the termite infestation something the landlord knew about or should have known about?
A landlord isn't responsible for everything that might happen. They are responsible for negligence, misrepresentation, and possibly accidents. If moths destroyed your clothes would you expect the landlord to be responsible? The key to determine responsibility, if the house itself is infested with termites, should the landlord have known about it? He is responsible for keeping it in habitable condition (and in general you also have responsibility to keep the property reasonably clean etc). Imagine you owned the house and you were living in it, would you have known there were termites?
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You may wish to repost your question in the proper location in South Carolina rather than here in California for the best information regarding tenant rights and termite activity in your state. Also before approaching your landlord about the termites talk with a pest control expert to determine the source of the termites, entry point, etc. Having a professional's opinion will help you if you seek to discuss remuneration from your landlord.
Here in California, we rarely, if ever, see the type of termite infestation that you are describing. I have never seen a swarm congregate on a bed or chew up just one piece of furniture. I have, however, seen people buy termite infested furniture that ships from other countries like Asia, only to suddenly discover a swarm of termites in a room coming out of the furniture, rather than from a home. Since termites can take up to five years after infestation to begin to leave visible traces in a home, it's not uncommon to own a piece of furniture for years without problems and then to suddenly find termites. Since you mention seeing only one bookshelf with damage, the problem may have started at the bookshelf rather thn in the home. Again, your pest control expert can tell you more.
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Next, before you start contracting lawyers...have you spoken to your landlord directly about this? I would certainly want to find out what he or she is willing to do and offer before seeking counsel.
Lastly, if your landlord is not willing to do anything, you can seek advice for landlord/tenant boards or move out. If the landlord is not willing to address the issue, then that certainly would legitimize your move to break a lease.
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