This story is happening every day, unfortunately. This blogger, eefers, actually asked the previous tenant specifically whether the unit had bed bugs before moving in. He said, “Nope.” Now, now, he admits they had had them three separate times “and got rid of them each time”. I don’t know what kind of time frame they’re talking about, but I’d bet that’s the same infestation, coming back. There should be a special circle in hell for people who don’t disclose stuff like this.
It’s tricky if it’s the former tenant who lied. I assume the management was aware, but some tenants think it’s better to not mention such things to the landlord (they’re always wrong). It would be easy to prove the landlord knew, and darn, somebody has to take a landlord to court for lying about the presence of bed bugs.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn is one of the city’s bed bug hotspots, as is its neighboring ‘hood, Williamsburg. But as our daily visitors come from all over the world, and communities large and small, this is not just a local problem here in NYC.
Eefers, if you see this, I think the FAQs might help. Let us know if you need anything.
Eefers’ story made Gawker, so hopefully a lot of people will hear about this.