- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Kay, so this is kind of gross, but I left the house on Saturday to find a cool letter from our landlord that states, “After careful inspection of your apartment, it has been determined that there is evidence of bed bugs.” WHAT? Okay, we don’t have bed bugs. First of all, you can see all the nasty they leave behind. Secondly, they bite you. Thirdly, they are visible. WTF. We don’t have bed bugs.
SOOOOOO we call the leasing office yesterday and the manager first says, “It’s just a preventative measure to make sure we don’t have them.” Really? Because packing up all of my clothing, all of my books, all of my belongings, cleaning out my closets, moving my furniture, and boarding my pets once a week for the next three weeks sounds like a treatment, not a preventative measure to me. So then he’s like “Well someone in the building has them.”
I took out the trash the other day and one of my neighbors stopped me and asked if we got a notice about them. I said yes, and we don’t have bed bugs, and it’s disgusting and we’re pissed. He told me that he has been living here 2 years and 7-9 months ago a woman moved in and brought them with her, and it was a horrible infestation. She was evicted, but only her apartment was ever treated, and he imagines they are coming from there – that perhaps they had gone into the walls. He said the previous manager never had the building inspected and she asked him to keep quiet about it because she didn’t want to lose money from people moving in. GROSS! He was super angry and saying that it was illegal what they’d done and he wanted to put his rent in escrow, etc. And wanted us all to get on board.
Today, DH calls the office to ask them to pay for our laundry to be washed (they charge us $2 a load, that’s $4 total per load of washing & drying) as well as for our cats to be boarded because they are not allowed to be in the house. It’s bad enough I have to live out of f*cking trash bags for the next 3 weeks and play Tetris with my furniture, but to wash every single cloth item in my home at my own expense and pay for my pets to be boarded at my own expense is NOT OKAY. The manager basically told us to go pound sand and it’s our problem, we’re the only ones complaining, so we can “write a letter requesting reimbursement.”
I’M NOT CRAZY, RIGHT? THIS IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY? Isn’t failure to inform new tenants of a bed bug infestation illegal (especially since the manager knew about it and we all signed the agreement that said they weren’t present)? I mean seriously?? This is absurd! $1200 a month, guys, gets us bed bugs and roaches (those guys are another story). UGH!!