Ignoring Bed Bugs Costly for Landlords, No Solution for Tenants–
Landlords, are you ready to do jail time for failing to get rid of bed bugs? How about facing fines of half a million dollars or more? Ignoring bed bugs is a very bad idea. They simply will not go away on their own. Here are some cautionary stories from the news. Read these before you decide that your tenants are just a bunch of whiners.
A $2.45 million settlement was approved by the court in a four-year-old class-action lawsuit brought by elderly and disabled bedbug-bitten residents of two downtown Des Moines apartment buildings.
A Maryland landlord was ordered to pay a former tenant $800,000 after the tenant filed a lawsuit claiming the landlord failed to address a bedbug infestation that caused her to lose “practically everything.”
A landlord who allegedly ignored a bedbug infestation at his Concord, California apartment building turned himself into police after the court issued a warrant for his arrest. Bail was set at $10,000.
A lawsuit filed by a dozen Santa Barbara, California, residents alleges breach of rental agreement and asserts that apartments’ conditions threaten their health. The lawsuit claims that the landlord has done nothing, despite numerous complaints from the residents, being sued and fined by the City of Santa Barbara, and even put in jail for not maintaining his properties.
There are hundreds of more stories like these in the news. Keep your business out of hot water and yourself out of jail. Call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control as soon as you receive your first bed bug complaint.