The bed bug epidemic is hard on landlords.
It’s especially true in this case. In Framingham, Massachusetts, a landlord’s request to inspect a tenant’s home for bed bugs led to a threat:
The MetroWest Daily News reports,
Richard Cullity, 48, became enraged when his landlord asked for permission to inspect his 93 Grant St. apartment, police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.
Cullity told the landlord he was going to grab his gun and shoot him and his mother and brother, Brandolini said.
Officers arrived at the apartment complex at 4:40 p.m. as tenants were spilling out to the street. They were leaving the building because they had overheard Cullity’s threat and were scared, according to a police report filed yesterday in Framingham District Court.
If this is his response to an inspection request, I’d hate to think what happens when you have to ask this fellow to dry all his clothing on hot.
Cullity later told police he did not have any weapons, but he was arrested anyway.
And the upshot is:
At Cullity’s Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday, Judge Robert Greco released him on $500 bail. He ordered Cullity to stay away from his landlord. The judge also ordered Cullity to mail his rent.
It sounds like once the threats of violence began, everyone forgot all about needing to inspect the unit for bed bugs.
That’s a shame. I hope the landlord will be able to proceed with bed bug inspections, without incident.
After all, there was probably a good reason he wanted to carry out an inspection.