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Obtaining rent credit/ compensation from landlord(1 post)
I just posted about my experience with a thermal treatment after 4 unsuccessful pesticide treatments. (See "Bed Bug Thermal/Heat Treatment in Colorado.") I live in family housing on a college campus and have had all of my costs covered, and this latest treatment (so far, knock on wood) appears to have been successful.
However, the time I have spent dealing with bed bugs and the emotional costs have really affected me, and I am planning on asking the Apartment Life director for a rent credit to make up for this. As a single parent in school full time and also working 2 jobs this has been extremely difficult on me. I'm sure y'all are already aware of the time it takes to prepare for a treatment. The repeated treatments last semester really affected my performance in my classes-- with everything I have going on there just aren't enough hours in the day, and something had to give (study time and class attendance). In addition I struggle with a diagnosed mental health issue which is generally well-controlled but can be difficult to handle when there is a lot of additional stress going on. I was hospitalized briefly in a psychiatric hospital last semester. I really feel the lost sleep and psychological stress associated with knowing there were blood-sucking bugs crawling on my child and I at night, in addition to the stress that resulted from time spent on treatment prep were a factor in this. I also am very careful to buy organic food and avoid toxic chemicals in my life, so the presence of pesticides in my home was very distressing to me as well.
Have any of y'all successful received financial credit from your landlords as a result of beg bug infestation? Particularly when it is documented that the problem existed before you moved in? Also, I lived on campus for two years prior to my current apartment and never had any bed bugs, so it is pretty clear to me that the problem didn't come from me.
I am very grateful that all of the costs associated with treating the problem were covered, but the costs to my well-being have not been addressed. And I also feel that they should have considered alternate treatment a long time ago when it was clear that the pesticides weren't working.
Let me know if you have any advice! Or good info I can print out and bring to my landlord to bolster my case.
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