This story in the Daily News today cites three different tenants who claim their building on 90th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn has had bed bugs for as long as six years.
All claim to have lost significant property and money fighting the problem, and that their landlord has sent in pest control operators to treat but has not responded sufficiently to eliminate the problem.
You have to wonder — as tenant Theresa Odum does — if he is simply trying to get rent stabilized tenants to move out, so new tenants can be charged a higher rent.
Have these tenants called 311? Someone must have — the city has recorded 43 open violations for the property, including a bed bug complaint as recently as 8/16, according to the Daily News.
It remains to be seen if the city will be able to help these tenants get the problem completely resolved.
Bed bugs are treatable. There is absolutely no reason for people to live with them for years.