New Tenant In My Bug Infested Building - Landlord Didn't Tell Her - I Did(8 posts)
Was this wrong? I was leaving for work this morning and I noticed an unfamiliar woman coming into the building with belongings heading for one of the newly vacated downstairs apts in my building (Really the last lade just moved her stuff out last week - it didn't take the landlord long to turn it around and he also has a lovely sign out in the yard for the other apt downstairs that's vacant - it just says "apt for rent" and lists a number - should another sign be placed next to it saying "Bedbugs Apt for Rent"?) - Any way, I said to the woman, you're moving in, she was all smiles and said yes - I said "he told you about the bedbugs right?" - her smile instantly faded and I saw THE LOOK. "No", she said. He hadn't mentioned anything to her. I asked her to please not tell him that I was the one that told her.
Seriously people - the landlord treated my apt and no other apt in the building! There are now two vacant apts downstairs and he is trying to rent those without treatment! Health Dept "doesn't track these issues" according to them. If you are out there and you are trying to rent in Ft. Mitchell/Lakeside Park KY - DON'T.!
Also, I feel really bad about telling her, but damn! I wish someone had told me. Maybe she can get her deposit back and get the hell out of Dodge bug-free. God knows my life sucks now because of bbs - I wouldn't wish this nightmare on anyone.
Any comments - welcome. (BTW - When I asked the landlord yesterday on the phone when the exterminator would be coming back, he screamed at me on the phone saying "I don't know when they're coming back!!"
I am seriously starting to think I need to get the hell out of Dodge too. Any thoughts welcome.
Thanks again. - Oldtimers advise please!!!!
I'm sorry I really don't have any recommendations for you on your situation. It sounds like other apts may be infested too? Do you know this for sure?
Either way, I commend you for saying something to that woman. It was a great thing that you did and you deserve a pat on the back for that. Many people would not have said anything. I'm glad you did. Even if she does get them (hopefully not) she is not blind to it, and knows now to look for signs, and that the bugs are more than a fairy tale. Great job!
Thank you for your reply. I am seriously thinking about abandoning everything though. The landlord is totally uncooperative and the 6 other neighbors in the building don't seem to care or are pissed off at me for talking about it. The latest one to move got her stuff out on Monday.
Treating my apartment alone isn't going to solve this and the thought of trading bugs back and forth and constantly battling with the landlord to get an exterminator in the apts - I am just exhausted.
Thanks again for your kind words.
You've got some good karma if nothing else coming your way. You gave that woman a fair and fighting chance. She can get a lawyer before she even moves everything in. Or maybe she'll be the one to make the landlord do something.
Every time I pass buildings that are begging for tenants, my first thought is 'bedbug city'.
I have the same issue in NKY, campbell county. I had to tell all 12 of my neibhors. Then two moved out. Then I had to tell the two that just moved in. I got "the look" too, but it seemed that they were thankful I said something.
sometimes we have to tell the other neighbors - i did the same. having bbs with an uncooperative landlord can be emotionally exhausting, but i think you did the right thing.
You could just keep putting up signs outside everyday that say something like "Bedbug Central" or "Bedbug Infested" or whatever amuses you but gets the point across. If the landlord has a problem with it, too bad. Tell him you'll stop your freedom of speech when he gets all of the units cleaned and informs new possible tenants of the history. Just try not to put the sign on his property. If there's an area that is not his property, like a sidewalk or something, then you're in the clear. That might really get him to stop being a jerk.
I think it's great you told her. (You're a hero in my eyes.) I hope there's something legal she can do so she can have the lease voided due to nondisclosure before she moves in.
At this point, if I saw someone looking at an apt to rent in my bldg. I would tell them my apt has a history of bedbugs. I wish someone had done that for me.
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