newly infested, looking for some advice and support(2 posts)
I discovered them this weekend. It's rather awful. I'm actually getting ready to move, so at the suggestion of KillerQueen (who I spoke with this morning and who is as kind and knowledgeable as these forums say he is!) I'm using a moving/fumigation service. It's pretty expensive (may not be able to eat for a few months) but I feel like I'm in good hands. Has anyone done this before? Happy with the results?
They offer a nice guarantee but only if you get a K9 inspection of the new apartment prior to moving in. I'm mildly apprehensive about this, having read on these forums about false positives and other K9 issues. Anyone have any thoughts about that? I also don't want to call the attention of my new landlord to my bed bug issue, but maybe they'll be understanding? Has anyone had to tell a new landlord that they're fleeing bed bugs? Did that go okay?
The only major pain in this whole process (aside from the bed bugs themselves) has been my current landlord, who is insisting I'm financially responsible for treating the apartment. I know better, and I'm not letting him bully me, but I'm worried he's going to try to withhold my security deposit and generally make my move out unpleasant. Ugh.
Anyway, that's my story. Thanks to everyone on this site for invaluable advice!!
sorry to hear that you're dealing with this. i had to move out of an infested apartment about a year and a half ago, so i understand your anxiety. my situation was a bit different however, because i moved from one apartment to another that was owned by the same landlord. disclosure wasn't really an issue for me.
i did however have my (new) apartment checked several months after i moved in by a k9, to be sure that i didn't take any bugs with me, and i didn't tell my landlord that i was doing this. my handler wasn't using a work vehicle that listed the company's name, so i'm sure they probably thought that he was just a friend of mine who happened to have a dog. perhaps that might be an option for you, if you want to be discreet. given the guarantee from your company, i would definately go with the k9 inspection.
the only advice i can really offer re: a bully landlord is that you might want to contact your local tenancy board, and print off a copy of the section of the tenancy act that deems the landlord responsible for pest eradication. if you have a hardcopy of that statement with you when dealing with the landlord it might give your arguments more weight. when my landlord gave me grief over the details of moving i asked her if it would be necessary for me to contact my lawyer. that (in combination with the information that i acquired from the tenancy board) seemed to do the trick. she had no problem trying to bully me, but she didn't want to deal with a lawyer.
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