As attorneys representing victims who have suffered as result of bed bugs, we get asked frequently, are landlords responsible for bed bugs? Maybe, they could be! So, how do you confirm that landlords are responsible for bed bugs?
In this blog post by Bed Bug Law, we’ll go through the entire process of determining if your landlord is responsible for bed bugs that you may have encountered while renting a home.
Did you know? According to PestWorld.org, bed bugs are most commonly found in couches and bed frames. With apartment buildings and others homes experiencing large amounts of renters moving in and out year over year, it’s entirely possible that other renters could have introduced a bed bug infestation in the home.
At What Point Are Landlords Responsible for Bed Bugs?
In most cases, landlords are ultimately responsible for a bed bug infestation when it has been proven that the bed bugs have existed prior to you moving in. This is why it is super important to ensure that you have closely inspected your home prior to moving in. It is also entirely possible that a unit next to yours may have an infestation which could have spread to your home.
Another common cause for introduction of an infestation is through second-hand or used furniture, so it’s important to backtrack as to when you started encountering the bed bugs in your home.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are frequently confused with other types of bugs and can be hard to identify. It’s important to understand that bed bugs feed on humans for their blood as their form of nutrition. As mentioned previously, bed bugs are most commonly found in couches and bed frames because it’s easy for them to attach to humans either while they are relaxing or sleeping. When bed bugs bite you, they can leave large red welts all over your body in patches and then retreat to their domicile in preparation for the next feeding.
Depending on the age of the bed bugs, they can vary significantly in appearance. The diagram below will help you in properly identifying bed bugs –
I Think I Have a Bed Bug Problem in My Home
If you think you have a bed bug problem in your home and you have suffered as a result of those bed bugs, you need to gather evidence. First, take photos and videos of the bed bugs and of any injuries that you may have suffered. Next, if you can, capture the bed bugs in a completely secure container. Lastly, notify your landlord and take clear documentation about the interactions you had with the landlord regarding the problem and any offers of remediation.
Contact a Landlord Bed Bug Attorney
Every case is different and there are many instances where landlords are indeed responsible for a bed bug infestation. In order to better assess your situation, you should contact the landlord Bed Bug Attorneys at Bed Bug Law even if you are not sure if you have a case.
Here at Bed Bug Law, we offer a completely FREE case evaluation and do not charge any fees unless we win your case! To get in contact with a Bed Bug Law attorney, simply fill out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or call us at 855-533-5552.