Our Bed Bug Lawyers Help Apartment Rental Guests Bitten by Bed Bugs

When you lease an apartment or rent a house, the owner of the property has a legal duty to provide you with a residence that is safe and free from dangerous conditions to your health. In many states there are very specific laws which state that upon notification of a bed bug infestation, the owner of the property (landlord) must treat and remediate the bed bugs within a set period of time. Unfortunately, in most cases we see, the owner may attempt to treat the bed bugs, but the treatment that takes place is not appropriate for the elimination of bed bugs. Many exterminators do not know the proper inspection methods for detection of bed bugs and often use ineffective chemicals to kill bed bugs. Owners of rental properties must make sure that they are hiring a pest control company that actually has the experience and knowledge to treat for bed bugs. Additionally, if a bed bug infestation takes place in an apartment building, then the owner must treat all of the units above, below and surrounding the infested unit. If you have been bitten by bed bugs, never sign any agreements and don’t accept any compensation without consulting with a bed bug attorney. You could be waiving your right to reasonable compensation.

Apartment Rentals and Bed Bug Bites Can Be Complicated By a Lease Agreement

Bed bug infestations in rental homes involve some complicated legal issues because most tenants have a signed lease agreement with the landowner. The lease agreement usually requires a tenant to continue paying for the apartment for a short period of time despite the bed bugs. Our bed bug attorneys will review your lease and let you know what your options are. In most cases a landlord will release a tenant from the lease as the landlord has a duty to remediate the apartment and it cannot be done properly while the tenant is occupying the residence. Additionally, the landlord may also be responsible to pay for the replacement or treatment of any personal belongings that have been exposed to bed bugs. You should also be entitled to compensation for any cost you had to spend to live at a different location due to the bed bug infestation in your home. Unfortunately there are some renter insurance policies which exclude any damage caused by bed bugs. In many apartment rental situations there is a property management company that is responsible for maintaining the apartment and fails to do so. The property management company and the owner of the property may be legally liable for a bed bug attack.

Our bed bug lawyers will do whatever we can to assist you with your bed bug claim. If a bed bug lawsuit must be filed, then we will go after any entity that we believe is responsible for the bed bug attack. Contact our law firm for a free consultation to discuss how we can assist you.

12 thoughts on “Our Bed Bug Lawyers Help Apartment Rental Guests Bitten by Bed Bugs”

  1. Good afternoon,

    I have my apartment coming to inspect for bed bugs. I am wondering if the cost will fall to me or them in the event we have to have them removed and our mattress replaced. I’m Ins Dallas, TX. Thank you!

  2. We have a patient at our medical clinic who lives in high-rise public housing. When he comes to clinic, staff see bed bugs crawling on his clothes and skin. We have had to exterminate the clinic multiple times following his appointments.

    What legal assistance is this patient entitled to ensure safe living quarters?

  3. Moved into house 3 weeks ago. Infested with bed bugs and fleas. Landlord will not have house professionally exterminated/treated. It has been almost a week and she has not done anything that has been effective in correcting the issue. In the meantime we are being bitten, can’t sleep, paranoid and can’t have anyone come visit and fear of spreading them to others that are innocent.

  4. I have lived in the Surround apartments in Irving, TX a little less than a month. In this month for 3 consecutive weeks I have been dealing with an infestation of bed bugs. Out of these 1 week was spent in a hotel and the other 2 weeks have consisted of sleepless nights. They have sprayed twice now but the bugs return every time and they are back again. Ive had to spend hundreds of dollars buying encasements and foggers and washing all my belongings. These conditions are unlivable and im being charged rent to pay for an apartment that is unbearable to be in and infested with bed bugs!!! Please let me know if you can help im desperate for help!!

  5. Good afternoon Kim. Your patient should contact our office to make sure that they are not being victimized by a slumlord. Individuals living in public housing are susceptible to victimization by landlords who do not properly maintain their properties. We would be happy to speak to this individual.

  6. Good afternoon Kim. Individuals living in public housing can be victimized by slumlords who fail to properly maintain their properties to safe conditions for habitability. Please have this individual contact us to evaluate his potential claim.

  7. Angelica, Texas is has some of the highest incidents of bed bug infestations in apartments and hotels. Please contact us to discuss your claim or visit http://www.bedbuglaw.com/do-i-have-a-case to upload photos and videos of your injuries and of the bugs you have seen. We will review them and provide a free bed bug injury case evaluation. Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

  8. Anna, I know from personal experience that moving is incredibly stressful. Add to that a bed bug infestation and the stress can be too much to bear. contact a local pest control company to confirm that the insects you are seeing are indeed bed bugs and if the source can be identified. Then contact other tenants to see if the problem is more widespread. If the infestation is widespread, it likely existed before you arrived which will spell a problem for the landlord. Visit http://www.bedbuglaw.com/do-i-have-a-case to upload photos and videos of your injuries and of the bugs you saw. We will review them and provide a free bed bug injury case evaluation. Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

  9. I rented an apartment in Texas and the tenants upstairs had bedbugs. The manager did not disclose this information to us .We found out due to that my fiance killed 3 bedbugs that were biting him . Went to maintenance man and he disclosed that apt above had a bedbug issue. We moved broke lease and now she is saying I owe 1200 for bedbug removal of the apt we lived in. When it wasnt our fault. She stated she does not have to disclose any such information . Just want to know how to go about this so it does not ruin my rental history . Thanks for any input !

  10. Good afternoon Wendy, failure to disclose bed bugs in an adjacent apartment may be considered a violation of the terms of the lease. We would need to know more about the history and how long the management/maintenance workers knew of such infestation. It is very well known that bed bugs migrate from apartment to apartment, especially if only one unit was treated (or not treated). When one unit with an infestation is treated, the bed bugs tend to run away from the pesticide or heat, and seek out safer location. The new location the becomes infested. Depending on what was done, if anything at all, will affect your ability to proceed with a claim for bed bug injuries against the apartment building. Contact us for more information. Thank you.

  11. I have bed bugs in my condo and I got the bed bugs from a friend. What can I do about this?

  12. Jason, if you had a friend come to visit and brought bed bugs with them (unknowingly) there is very little you can do from a legal standpoint. The best advice is to have your condo inspected by a pest control professional, and follow what ever treatment they recommend.

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