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Landlord knew apartment had BBs before renting to me

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  1. scaredycat22

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    I moved into my apartment March 6 of this year. After a couple weeks of moving in, I started to notice bite marks on my 1-year old son. The window in my bedroom, which he slept in with me, did not shut all the way. This had me thinking these bite marks were mosquito bites. Once I kept seeing them and the more attention I paid to them, I started to notice them in patterns and in 3s. so I started to do some research. My biggest nightmare had come true. Come to find out I had BED BUGS.
    I was always one to say, “I’ll never get bed bugs”. I always said, “You’re not nasty if you get them, you’re only nasty if you keep them”. Well, little did I know, it was ridiculously hard to get rid of them. I thought it was as simple as, checking your mattresses and whatever bugs you find, you kill them, and that’s it. I WISH! I have tried everything and I cannot get rid of these bastards.
    I had brought this problem to my landlord’s attention and they said they would send an exterminator. The exterminator came and they did a walk through to determine if we really had bed bugs or not. They did confirm that we did so they scheduled an appointment to come spray. We had to completely prep our whole house and get it ready for them. We had to wash ALL fabrics in hot water and then dry them on the hottest setting our dryer would allow. We had to clear everything out of the rooms and put all belongings in trash bags and tie them up tightly. We got mattress protectors for all the mattresses and box springs. They were coming to spray the following day.
    After getting our house all the way back together and hoping the problem was gone, we were wrong. We started getting bit again. We checked our mattresses again and found bed bugs on our protectors. So, we did some things ourselves. We went out and got alcohol because I read online that alcohol kills them. I went home and sprayed everything with alcohol. I took our mattress protectors off and washed them in hot water and dried them as hot as I could get them. I sprayed my mattresses in alcohol. I vacuumed all cracks and crevices and when I was finished I emptied my vacuum cleaner far away in the woods. I was just about certain that this would have got rid of them.
    NOOOPPPPEEE! I was wrong again. I contacted my landlord once again and let him know. He contacted the exterminator and set up another appointment. We signed paper work & prepped our house AGAIN. They came the next day and sprayed. When they come to do the treatment, we must leave the house for 3 hours. And not to mention, I have 4 kids! 7, 2, 1 & 3 weeks old! You can only imagine how hard this is on us. It is now September and we are STILL dealing with this issue. Our landlord is still aware and is in the process of finding another exterminator. He was using Black Diamond but obviously their stuff isn’t working.
    I was outside tonight talking to my neighbor and she had mentioned that the people that lived here before me had bed bugs. This is what has me FURIOUS. This has always been a fear of mine. So, every time we move my first question to the landlord is, “Has this unit ever had an issue with bed bugs”? and my landlords answer was NO! my neighbor then continued to tell me that the exterminators came in and sprayed for bed bugs when the previous tenants moved out. She said the unit was empty for about 4 months before we moved in. When I brought this problem to my landlord’s attention for the first time, he acted like I brought them in with me! And when the exterminators came they said I brought them in from work! When they both knew the whole time this apartment was already infested. That’s what pisses me off.
    I want with everything in me to pack my stuff and move but I cannot afford to lose all my belongings. Before I moved in here I had just received my income tax check. So, I got everything new. New beds, new tv stands, new kitchen table. My couch isn’t new and I’ve been wanting a new one so it wouldn’t bother me to leave it behind. My daughter’s whole bedroom suit is brand new. Mattresses and all. My boy’s toddler beds are brand new. I have a brand-new pack and play and baby bed for my 3-week-old. I cannot afford to throw these things away! I don’t know what else to do. The bed bugs have not reached downstairs to my knowledge. That is where we are sleeping at now. All 6 of us. I went to Walmart and bought 2 cots for my toddlers, my daughter is on the love seat, my husband and I are on the couch and my infant is in his pack and play.
    Since my landlord knew that the apartment was infested with bed bugs before we move in, can he get in any type of trouble for still moving us into this unit? There were other units available but he chose to put us in this one. All while knowing there was a bed bug issue with it. This just isn’t right. How could anybody do this to someone, especially somebody with 4 kids! I’ve never had any family so everything I own I have worked my ass off for. Nothing has ever been handed to me. My husband and I. we have been through more than anybody could imagine. We went from being homeless on the streets 2 years ago with 2 of our kids and me being pregnant. Now he works a full-time job at Toyota, I am a preschool teacher and we are doing amazing! Things were finally starting to look up for us. We can afford internet and cable! We never could afford those things! Ughhhh it makes me want to find a couple bugs and stick them inside my landlord’s apartment so he knows what it’s like. He doesn’t have to live with them so I feel like he doesn’t really care. I told him I want a heat treatment because I’ve heard complimentary reviews about them. I told him I am no longer paying rent until this is taken care of. If he doesn’t want to pay for a heat treatment, by law I can pay for it with my rent money and turn the receipt in to him.
    People, I just want to know, can I sue him for everything I’m at a loss of because of these damn things since he KNEW the apartment had them? Can he get into any type of trouble for it? I want to take this to the full extent. Please let me know.

  2. psychologically_messed_up

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
    Sun Sep 10 2017 1:27:15
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    scaredycat22 - 6 minutes ago  » 
    The bed bugs have not reached downstairs to my knowledge. That is where we are sleeping at now. All 6 of us. I went to Walmart and bought 2 cots for my toddlers, my daughter is on the love seat, my husband and I are on the couch and my infant is in his pack and play.

    I can't really answer a lot of what you asked because I'm not a pro, just another member of the site like you. But I do know that removing yourselves from the 'ground zero beds' is not a great idea. I know you don't want to be bitten, but when the bugs go to feed, and don't find bodies, they'll begin searching for you. By sleeping elsewhere, you could be inadvertently causing them to spread more throughout the house.

    "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras" Theodore Woodward

    I am, by no means, a pro. I'm simply a person that has had unfortunate luck, and somehow acquired the little guys.
    Any/all 'advice' I have to share is based on my own personal history and/or things I've read from the professionals on this site.
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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    What state are you in? That can make a big difference with what you can/can't do... you don't need to say- but def look up the landlord and tenant laws! Good luck!


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