I live at 10629 114 St at Robin Manor. On Saturday, October 30, 2010, I was having a nap on my sofa when I woke up and found a bed bug on my arm biting me. I looked in the mirror and found 30 + more bites on my back.
I immediately contacted my landlord, and after calling them every day for the soonest fumigation, I finally got an appointment on the 10th of November. No dead bugs appeared, so the fumigation did not work. I called at least once a day to the site manager, and always got voice mai
l. I caught him screening my calls by calling from a different number. I did not find out until finally November 17, that my second fumigation was scheduled for Nov 22.
The delay of the fumigation is also a very deep concern, because I fear the infestation is a growing concern. If the bugs aren’t killed, I am worried that they will damage my furniture and beds, or that they will be harder to kill once they are thriving. I’ve heard that one fumigation is often not enough even for minor infestations, and the problem is only going to get worse the longer we wait.
My apartment is still
uninhabitable, not only because of the bugs in the furniture, but also because of the furniture in the middle of the room and everything bagged up. There is absolutely no way for me to live in the house.
In the meantime, I am still paying rent, while not living there, and paying for living expenses at a friend's house.I can not live at this apartment any longer, as the maintenance and pest problems are rendering it uninhabitable, and not enough is being done to fix the problems.
So far I have paid November and now December's rent, while not living there, I've had to pay for my cat to be taken care of, I've lost all the clothing in the bags drowned in the tub, other clothes have been ruined from being shrunk after washing and drying in heat, an undertermined dry cleaning bill (I have not had a chance to launder all my clothing, if this second fumigation does not work, I will lose my 600$ sofa and 500$ mattress, and now I face the expenses of finding moving and finding a new home.
I have now given my notice to move from this apartment building, effective as immediate as possible.
I have heard from Dan Napper, the site manager, and other tenants, that multiple other reports have been made by tenants. They are fumigation only the suites that have bugs in them, and the bugs are not dieing. They are not telling other tenants about the bedbug issue, and they are moving more people into the building, probably without them knowing about the issue. They are not being proactive about scheduling fumigations, and are not fumigating all of the suites. I think this is very poor judgement on their part, and will lead to more financial stress on the tenants, as well as the landlord themselves.
I wanted to make as many people aware of this as possible.
IF YOU ARE MOVING INTO A NEW APARTMENT BUILDING, ESPECIALLY IN DOWNTOWN OR CENTRAL NORTH, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU GET A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM YOUR NEW LANDLORD STATING THAT THERE ARE NO BEDBUGS IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME YOU MOVE IN.