What it means: The intention of these supplements is to inform the new tenant that the dwelling(s) in which he rents have been carefully examined by the bed bug management staff and are free of bedbugs, as far as management knows, and gives you enough time (48 hours) to examine the unit itself for possible signs of bed bugs. They say this by saying that they are “not aware” of the current evidence of bed bug or bed bug infestation in the apartment. Click here for an example of a PDF supplement for bed bugs. This document is provided for reference purposes only and should not be used without consulting the right legal advice. Nothing on this website should be construed as formal legal advice. I complained several times and they dragged their feet. Then I went to a website where I forgot the name and sent me some sort of office that sent them a document that basically threatened to take legal action. I`m not sure they understood, but it certainly speeded up the process. I`m a mother who lives in Northern California and my daughter just got into this situation in San Diego. It is such a nightmare and I have the impression that this apartment complex and the society of parasites are the new face of organized crime.
We are looking for help to get them out of this terrible lease. Below is the summary in their own words. I wish we had seen this wonderful article before she signed. Me and 2 other roommates (19, 20 and 23) moved into our apartment complex near San Diego State about a month and a half ago. In the first 3 weeks, we had incredibly aggressive bites, not knowing where they specifically came from. Without giving our management any information, questions, etc. on the issue of insurrection, they had attached a note to our door that they were going to do an inspection with a K9 dog looking for inaccurate bed bugs. Their results led to the source coming from our couch and we were all held responsible for the infestation, including the price of the treatment.
For 3 weeks we may not only not live in our apartment and still have to pay rent, but we have not yet been treated. We`ve also done enough research to find out that there`s been a problem throughout the complex since April. Also, the units above and below the two of us have been processed over the past week for exactly the same reason. The unit among us, who had moved in the same day as me and my roommates, was also informed that their “source” of bed bugs came from their couch. In summary, management not only blames its tenants for their infestation and holds them accountable, but also does not care about the problem as a whole and continues to make their tenants pay the costs as well as the rent in an unhealthy/unsustainable environment. We have much more information, photos and documentation, but we believe it will be much clearer when we chat on the phone or in person. Please contact me as soon as possible as we would like to move forward with legal help and advice. It is much appreciated and thank you for your time Some laws give owners some time – often 24-48 hours to investigate if they receive a complaint about possible bed bugs.
Even though there is no legal requirement, landlords should investigate bed bug complaints as soon as possible to ensure they provide habitable space for tenants. What it says: An addendum is usually an addition that must be made by its reader to a document after printing or publishing. Your lease is a legal document, and especially in legal contracts, an addendum is an additional document that is not included in the body of the contract and may contain additional terms, specifications, conditions, standard forms or other information. Another point to remember: it is illegal for a homeowner to take revenge on a resident who has filed a complaint or contacted the government or an NGO about a pest infestation. Your health and safety is more important and the landlord will face serious consequences if they take action against you. Your right to habitable housing has a high legal name: you are entitled to the owner`s “implied warranty of habitability”. This means that, whether she knows it or not, your landlord has promised you a place that is worth inhabiting by simply renting it to you. This fundamental right has its origin in the court decisions handed down in the early 1970s. Meanwhile, all but one state (Arkansas) has adopted this notion, either by a decision of their highest court or by law, and even in Arkansas, some cities and counties have issued ordinances that are about to set the same standards. Many may see an addendum on bed bugs and immediately want to run the other way around, especially if you`ve never had to deal with this type of pest before. Bed bug supplements are becoming more common, and we have a serious problem in our area that makes it a top priority for landlords AND tenants in Northeast Ohio. It is illegal for a landlord to take revenge on a tenant if they complain about a condition on the property that affects the health or safety of their residents, or if they contact a government or non-profit about the problem.
If the landlord takes action against you within 6 months of your written complaint (e.g., terminates your lease), the landlord is deemed to have taken inappropriate reprisals against you. If you have any legal questions, please contact IBBRA approved legal experts! Are you looking for a pest control in your area? Browse our supplier map for qualified bed bug professionals in your area. IBBRA NOTES: Before anyone tries to withhold rent or do anything on the list above, you need to consult a lawyer. A lease is a legal document, and you will be held accountable. Please note that the bed bug supplement is only strictly adhered to in accordance with the law in a few states. However, all major cities usually have equivalent surcharges in their leases where similar rules apply. Please check with your state laws before taking any action. I threw away my mattress and base and thank God I hadn`t bought a sofa yet.
I washed my bed linen again. Put diatomaceous earth along the perimeter of the entire apartment and put traps on the bed posts and under my mattress. Wasn`t about to breed. After this nightmare of weeks, I haven`t had a problem since. You agree to have read the information on the back of this bed bug addendum and: (Check one). What it says: INSPECTION – there are two paragraphs in which you have to accept one or the other. For example: An addendum on bed bugs also gives you the option to leave a deposit if a tenant was not present and left a bed bug problem. Talk to a lawyer and cover all your bases! An addendum on bed bugs protects you, but also protects your tenants and will become the norm in our region as more and more tenants and landlords burn themselves in a bed bug situation. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Find out how your comment data is processed. Very complete explanation.
Thank you for all these details. This is such a good article. I had a similar problem with a lot of people here. A bed bug surcharge is a surcharge to the lease. By signing it, you agree that the apartment you rent is free of bedbugs. You are not required to sign it, but once you have done so, follow the instructions above and follow these additional steps: What it says: RESPONSIBILITIES – You may have to bear all reasonable costs. If, after your move, you feel that you were the party responsible for the bed bugs and that they need to move or rehabilitate other units adjacent to yours, you may be held responsible for the costs incurred, including rental income and other expenses they incur to move, clean and perform pest control tasks. This list of necessary characteristics includes the absence of a significant risk of lead, asbestos and, more recently, mold, as well as adequate protection against criminal intrusions. If the landlord refuses to provide or repair these aspects of your home, depending on where you live, you may be able to: I moved because I left the state.