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Disgusted/ Need Legal Advice(3 posts)
I cannot believe this happened to me 4 years ago, and I escaped with NO bedbugs and now in my new apartment a family moved in that not only HAS visitors that have bedbugs, they said they "see" some bigger bugs other than the flea infestation they brought which we are being treated for today.
Housing is being SLOW! I reported the fleas in Sept. We were set up for that treatment and the family with all the problems did NOT prep. SO we reschedule, I have to cancel my colonoscopy, AND with that spend MY money on things to keep the fleas DOWN in my apartment because they love me!
Anyway to make matters WORSE this couple can barely read/write or understand directions!
SO my housing manager knows this and is NOT inspecting for the bugs? I am SO deathly afraid you cannot imagine.
Poor does not mean dirty and these people are filthy. They have brought a SMELL to this building as well. And poor does not mean we have to be dirty. And I know bedbugs would love my extra clean place as well. We all share the same hallway in this 4 unit apartment building.
I feel Housing with this information SHOULD inspect for bedbugs. What LEGAL rights do I have? Can I be forced to live in this just waiting for something to happen, losing sleep and worrying SO badly as I do? This is not good for my Lupus.
ANYTHING you can tell me will help me.
I live upstairs from this family. They lie, and so far, Housing did NOT make them bring the records from any vet for these 2 cats AS is ordered in our lease and AS they promised!!!! IF they were doing their job, at least the vet would of known of the fleas. And still, they let this family get away with bloody hell here, and do NOTHING for the rest of us!
What are the chances those bad bedbugs will hitchhike a ride on me upstairs or just come up on their own if they do have them? Hey they were HAPPY to live with HUNDREDS of fleas?
Believe me they won't mind bedbugs and they won't tell either!!!!!! I have stopped vacumming the hallway once I heard this. And yes it is required per our lease that we ALL have to clean the building hallways here. That to me is a BAD thing for cross contamination and I am not freakin doing it EVER again! My family and friends are afraid to visit me!
One last question. My landlord said IF and that is a HUGE IF they HAD to get a bedbug sniffing dog, that we have to clean our homes of ALL scents for ONE month before the dog could do his job properly. Is this correct?
SO many questions I know...Thank you in advance SO much!! I am going to LOSE MY MIND!!
States and cities have different laws, so your legal rights can be different depending on where you live. My first step would be to look for a tenant union or other tenant advocacy group that can inform you of your rights and the best ways for you to approach the situation where you live.
Are you certain they have bed bugs? If so, how are you certain?
This is just my opinion - but if its just fleas and they are just indoor cats - as much as you are irritated with these people, it might save you months of grief to drop $40 and "donate" some Advantage to their cats after the professional treatment. If the pros can get most of the fleas out of the building, the Advantage will keep killing them the next month or two and hopefully that will be all it takes to get rid of them for good - as long as the cats stay inside. - You have mentioned these people are uneducated. Fleas used to be a difficult pest to get rid of, but there are lots of methods out there that help us with that battle. Maybe they're just not aware.
With that said - bed bugs are a whole different ball of wax. I know some pros will not talk to tenants, but you may get lucky and get one who will. If I were in your shoes, when the pro comes in to treat the fleas, I would pull them aside, explain my concerns, and ask them to inspect when they treat that unit. If your landlord won't listen to you, it's possible they will listen to the pco if bedbugs or evidence of them is found.
That's all the advice I can think of at this time
Oh - as far as the K9 inspection - there are K9 people here who may be able to answer those questions better, and a K9 post in the FAQs (make sure to take some time to read those).
But when I had my K9 inspection, I was told I had to wait 20 days after pesticides were applied since the residuals can throw off the scent. All other scented items (potpourri, candles, perfumes, etc.) just had to be removed 2 hours before the inspection. I took it a step further and wiped down most of my house the day before with All Free & Clear - water probably would have been fine too. I decided to do this because I have pets (who definitely have a scent that can distract a K9 who is inspecting) but also because I was concerned the scented kitty litter I use would track the perfumes on my floors. I did switch to unscented the week before, but wanted to make sure all perfumes were cleaned up, just in case.
I'm sure this is more information than you asked for, but I think the main thing is to make sure as many scents as possible are removed to avoid throwing off the K9's smell. I think it's impossible to expect people to remove all scents for a month beforehand - but that's just my opinion.
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