WFTV in Florida helped some low-income tenants with bed bugs to get help.
The owner of Oakwood apartments in Mount Dora tried to charge seven families almost $3,000 each for extermination fees.
The South Florida based company, Miami Mar Incorporated, told the residents they would be kicked out if they didn’t pay.
Whether this is fair, or legal, is one question.
Whether asking low-income tenants to come up with that kind of money for treatment is practical is an easy “no.”
But HUD had other ideas:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] helps pay the rent at the complex for people who can’t afford it. After Eyewitness News contacted HUD, the agency told the landlord extermination is an operating expense that the tenants don’t have to pay for.
Watch WFTV’s video at Residents Told To Pay For Bed Bug Infestation – News Story – WFTV Orlando.