Moving, bedbugs in cracks of floor biting 1yr old!(5 posts)
We first found bb in June 11 told the landlord, a cheap Korean lady! So 8 months later wer steal dealing with it, our son has got a meres bac due to the bedbug bites! Our pediatrician asked me if I cleaned! It was so embarrassing! Everything in our home is clean, the cheap landlord sends this gpfake exterminator for 3 weeks straight to spray our apt! Buto be honest I told her their in the badly laid down floor boards, I have seen them crawl in there! So I have decided to move my problem is Im scared t take them with us! What the heck should I do? This is ruining my life, my marriage and putting my son at risk! I'm moving I don't care about Lea ing her m deposit... Oh and we don't want to leave our furniture as we just got everything brand new in may 2011! And their is no sign of the bedbugs living in our furniture either, the city sent an inspector whonsaidthey could do nothing because our mattress was not ruined! Although I had collected a ziplock full of dead bedbugs I caught around the apt!
It's 4:03 am and I just caught one biting my toe! I'm losing my mind!
Btw I also stopped paying my rent last month, as this lady only responds to financial threats!
The only advice with regards the landlord anyone can give you is to seek legal advice.
However there are two options (technically three) for moving:
- Have all items being moved treated with Vikane or another commodity fumigant approved for bedbugs
- Have all items being moved treated thermally (there are people who will treat trucks and there are also heated trailers (insect inferno)
- Have all items moved to a decicated decon facility to be processed before moving to the next place, sorry but I am only aware of one of them in the world and that's mine in London
The reason for getting legal advice first is connected with both the legalities of withholding rent in your area and secondly the possibility of getting the landlord to pay for the decon moving costs as its never a cheap option.
Hope that helps.
Bed Bugs Limited
You might not want to stop paying your rent without notice, as you can get evicted, it goes on public record, etc. In many places you can escrow your rent after sending your landlord a notice that they have 30 days to correct the problem, and if the problem's still here after that, you can break your lease.
As per usual, DC has provided sound advice (even though he's supposed to be taking time off methinx). Handle the BB situation first.
Take good notes, including suitable dates and photos in the event you decide to take the legal path.
The legal deal can be tricky. Arm yourself with knowledge before you make significant decisions. Some of the things you will need to know include, but may not be limited to:
> Local regulations/laws/statutes that govern LL/Tenant issues in your area.
> Tennant rights, if any, in your area.
> Your lease terms; some are silent to these issues, others may have specific language.
> Resources to learn more include, but may not be limited to: this site using the search options, local municiple offices, local health dept, google, local law offices that may answer your basic questions, tennant advocacy groups.
Overall, you will need to seek competent legal advice from an attorney in your area before making such decisions ! ! !
Good luck, hope this helps ! paul b.
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