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Old 02-28-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Ok, first post. But I need help. When I moved in, I noticed mattresses in the dumpster, but didn't think anything of it. Now I know why, it is infested with bed bugs!!!! Bed bugs so bad I can literally see them walking around. I called the landlord and first she refused to believe me. She even said she got bug people to look inside, and there were none. Then I literally caught like 30 of them, and gave them to her. So I am extremely annoyed and just want to get out of the lease. I wasn't warned that this was a problem. None of my neighbors know about the bugs( this will change shortly). I have to throw away all my furniture. I'm not asking her to repay me for the damages( which is 3 mattress, 2 futons, and a couch.), if she lets me out of the lease. I've only lived in this apartment for 6 months and I got 6 more to go.

And I can prove this has been a problem, because I was looking at reviews of the complex. And about a week, after I moved in, there is a review that says don't live there infested with bed bugs!! And I looked at another site and it had a earlier review, saying there are bed bugs

And Its in a school zone, so that has to be some health code violation!
Totally calling the health department!

My roommate called her, and she said it was impossible. But he is bad with arguments, so I'm going to go in person and talk to her, tomorrow. Any feedback would help. SORRY, about the length, but I am pissed!!
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Read your state landlord tenant laws on inhabitability which will tell you what steps to take. If your state isn't listed in the first "sticky" on this forum page you can google, "(your state) landlord tenant laws" to find them. Document everything in writing and take photographs. Good luck!
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Florida
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You've lived there 6 months and are just noticing the bugs????
That's not a usual thing with bedbugs.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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That's what you get for dumpster diving.

Anyway, read your lease. It might say something about bedbugs. I know mine very clearly states that bedbugs are the tenants responsibility.

Have you done anything to treat these bugs or are you waiting around for the landlord??
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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That's what you get for dumpster diving.
That's a hell of an unfounded (and not helpful) assumption. Where did you get the idea the OP was dumpster diving?
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:39 AM
 
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That's a hell of an unfounded (and not helpful) assumption. Where did you get the idea the OP was dumpster diving?

"Ok, first post. But I need help. When I moved in, I noticed mattresses in the dumpster, but didn't think anything of it. Now I know why, it is infested with bed bugs!!!! "

I assumed the IT is referring to the mattress she found by the dumpster.

If that whole building or complex was so infested as she claims, the county health dept would be involved.

My other part still stands, the OP needs to read the lease.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:36 AM
 
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When OP said "it was infested" - I think OP meant the apartment complex was infested. I didn't think she took the mattress from the dumpster back to her apartment. Of course, different interpretations apply here.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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When OP said "it was infested" - I think OP meant the apartment complex was infested. I didn't think she took the mattress from the dumpster back to her apartment. Of course, different interpretations apply here.

exactly. I read it that she meant the mattress, not the complex. I admit it was a quick read thru...one shouldn't skype and read forums at the same time.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: NJ
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My only advice is make sure when you eventually move out you don't take the bedbugs with you. Or even now you don't take them to friends/family. They can be in more than just the furniture.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Go to the sticky topic in the renting section and read look up the link for landlord/tenant laws in your state. Then pull out your actual lease and see what if anything it says about bugs.

You should call whoever in your town/city deals with housing and ask what your rights are. The health dept probably doesn't have authority since bed bugs generally are not considered a health hazard (they don't spread disease). But in many places your landlord is required to provide a pest free living environment.
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