Bed bug lawsuit: MD woman sues landlord awarded $800K

June 1, 2013

Faika Shabaan, an Annapolis, Maryland woman who lived with bed bugs in a rental unit for more than eight months, has been awarded $800,000 in compensatory damages for loss and suffering. According to NBC News, this bed bug lawsuit argued that the landlord in this case knew about bed bugs in the unit when the […]

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Iowa tenants sue landlord in bed bug class action lawsuit

May 11, 2013

Remember the low income, elderly, and disabled tenants of Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Tower in Des Moines, Iowa, who said they lived with bed bugs without treatment for more than two years? In fact, tenants claimed there was no bed bug treatment until they filed a lawsuit. We first told you about their story back […]

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NH bed bug bill regarding landlord & tenant responsibility passes

April 19, 2013

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that the New Hampshire Senate passed House Bill 482 Thursday, which “outlines the parameters for dealing with bed-bug infestations and the responsibilities of landlords and tenants to remediate the problem.” You can read the full text of HB482 here. According to The Union Leader, The bill is a compromise […]

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San Francisco to change policies for dealing with bed bugs (public meeting Thursday 3/22!)

March 21, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city will soon be changing some of the rules for how landlords (and other property owners) deal with bed bugs, and it’s not too late for those of you in San Francisco to learn more about and weigh in on the proposed changes. The Chron reports, Some of […]

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Court sides with Baltimore tenant who claims she waited 48 days for treatment

October 24, 2011

The Baltimore Daily Record reported on October 17th that the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff when former tenant Kristen Saunders sued her former building’s owners and operators for negligence, claiming they did not treat for bed bugs promptly. Kristen Y. Saunders said it took managers of her apartment building 48 […]

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Bed bugs for six years in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

August 30, 2011

This story in the Daily News today cites three different tenants who claim their building on 90th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn has had bed bugs for as long as six years. All claim to have lost significant property and money fighting the problem, and that their landlord has sent in pest control operators to […]

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How to get everyone in your building to stop worrying about bed bugs…

August 17, 2011

The bed bug epidemic is hard on landlords. It’s especially true in this case.  In Framingham, Massachusetts, a landlord’s request to inspect a tenant’s home for bed bugs led to a threat: The MetroWest Daily News reports, Richard Cullity, 48, became enraged when his landlord asked for permission to inspect his 93 Grant St. apartment, […]

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Arizona has new state bed bug law

July 31, 2011

Arizona has a new law (SB1306) that is now going into effect regarding bed bugs which (and I am paraphrasing from the full text): Prohibits landlords from renting units known to have current bed bug infestations. Requires landlords to provide bed bug educational materials to existing and new tenants. Prohibits tenants from moving items into […]

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Get rid of bed bugs, or eat: life in the Carriage Circle Apartments

June 20, 2011

Residents of government-subsidized low-income units at the Carriage Circle Apartments in Pontiac, Michigan are in a bed bug bind. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development does not own the property, but merely subsidizes some residents’ costs. According to The Oakland Press, HUD says the owners need to maintain the complex. The Pontiac Housing Commission, […]

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Bed bugs in Manitoba: residents to get grants to help with treatment costs

April 26, 2011

Finally, some help! The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Manitoba will begin distributing grants to cover part of the cost of bed bug treatment for residents of the province. Provincial bedbug coalition co-chairman Dave Funk said Manitoba will launch a grant program at the end of May that will help homeowners, apartment dwellers, landlords and […]

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DBB-N: NYC Disclosure of Bed Bug Infestation History

September 15, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that the new DBB-N: Notice to Tenant: Disclosure of Bed bug Infestation history forms are now being issued by landlords to prospective tenants. With the fear of bedbugs sweeping across New York City, state housing officials have issued a new disclosure form requiring landlords to reveal whether or not the […]

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Center Region Bed Bug Coalition educates housing providers about bed bugs

April 22, 2010

There’s a new organization fighting bed bugs in Center County, Pennsylvania — the Center Region Bed Bug Coalition. This coalition appears to have sprung out of a need perceived by local housing providers for more education about the problem (for landlords and tenants). According to this article in the Centre Daily Times, The coalition is […]

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