Bed bugs in detox and Presidential Towers

by nobugsonme on March 3, 2007 · 3 comments

in bed bug lawsuits, spread of bed bugs

Three tenants are suing Presidential Towers over bed bugs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Presidential Towers is an enormous complex–almost like a little village, with multiple high-rises, with its own little mall and a full-size health club inside.

Exterminators began work on the problem in January, but the bedbug infestation persists, the lawsuit said.

The plaintiffs contend Presidential Towers and The Habitat Co. failed to prevent or detect the infestation and failed to tell tenants about the problem.

We’ll see how this one pans out.

Also in the news today: remember the detox in Vancouver Island, Withdrawl Management Services that closed due to bed bugs? Well, now another detox also run by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria Detox Centre is infested and closing for a month.

Withdrawl is interesting enough, I hear, without bed bugs.

Perhaps institutions should notify people who’ve slept in rooms recently, where bed bugs are found, so they can check their own residences, or their shelters (or other accommodation) can be checked.

Update 3/6: More on Presidential Towers here.

1 parakeets March 3, 2007 at 2:51 pm

I find it interesting that they are being confronted because they “failed to prevent or detect the infestation–and failed to tell tenants about the problem.” It’s that second part that really sparks my interest. I live in an apartment building that, after self-treating and ineffectively treating for bedbugs and having tenants move out becuase of bedbugs, still has not disclosed to tenants that the building has bedbugs. Disclosure is a key point that we have to insist upon! The only effective way to deal with bedbugs is to communicate about them. Thanks for all the superb communication in this site.

2 nobugsonme March 4, 2007 at 12:55 am

thanks Parakeets. You’re right– disclosure is something this case may hinge on. (I don’t think they’ll win on “failure to prevent the problem,” nor on “failure to detect it” or even “failure to treat it”, since it does not sound like they’ve been treating it that long.

But if we could get a legal precedent for landlords having to disclose (unasked!) it would not only help people get treatment (because those warned of neighboring infestations could be watchful), but it would also help remove the stigma for landlords as well as for tenants.

The best buildings in NYC have some problems with roaches and mice. It is not something landlords are proud of, but it’s something they try to keep at bay. Now, the best buildings are also getting bed bugs. If they talked about it, people would see it was everywhere.

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