Graham (the landlord) is a different indivual-he was sweet, but I doubt he could fully understand the extent that was wrong with the building-he usually mickey moused fixing things in that building. And when it came to the bed bugs the job was not fully rectified-Once I moved I thought the problem was done, however once again I was faced with a $400 bill and the embarrasement of having to speak to my landlord about this problem. I know that Graham tried very hard to fix things, but his snoopynes
s made things uncomfortable and he is not someone who is proffessionly trained in the area of bed bug removalbe or even proper maintance. I know that it was that buidling as I have never had a problem with bed bugs whatsoever-when I first moved in I was shocked at the low rent and the fact that he had a few suites avaliable-but now I know why.
I have been in the Building for almost 7 years and I know that the Manager cares about the Building and the Tenants. When he found out about a problem in one of the suites in 2006 he had the pest control company in to treat it immediately and in two weeks they did a followup treatment and monitired it for weeks after that. There wasn't another problem until 2009 with a Security Guard and his wifes suite and he jumped on that immediately as he also di wit another suite later on on the third floor
as well. Those tenats moved back home to the Prairies about six months later after the male tenant finished his schooling. The Manager even brought in a special dog which went through the whole building to check for Bed Bugs and when a couple were found the pest control company was in the suites treating them right away. Recently when he found out about a suite that had cockroachs that suite was immediately treated and the two suites below it including one the previous writers suite #101. When he says he is going to get something done, it's done. If a tenat has a problem with anything in the suite that needs fixing, it is fixed right away as well.
I have helped him out and worked with him fixing things in suites, installing carpet, cleaning up suites, and painting them so I know what he's like, and he doesn't lie about things. When suites are treated for Bed Bugs the tenants also have to do certain things and get their suite ready for the treatments to be done properly, and if they don't then further treatments have to be done at the Building owners expense. The suite I and my other live in also got Bed Bugs in it from a relative that stayed for a couple of weeks and it was done immediately as well and the bed bugs were gone. I'm not knocking the previous remarks from the other people, I just don't like to see the Manager get called down when he goes out of his way ro keep the tenants happy. Also some previous remarks about the tenats in the building are not true. The biggest majority of the tenats are working people, I think about 90% and the other 10% are retired and a few on Assistance.
In fact once a tenat moves out the manager has the carpets cleaned and thn has the pest contol company come in and treat it whether it had a problem or not, just to be on the safe side. Ir's also a known fact that people can pick up Bed Bugs just by riding on the Sky Train, Taking a Bus, even riding in a taxi, or getting furniture from someone who had or has a Bed Bug problem. Big Department Stores, Movie Theatres, Fancy Hotels, and even Libraries have had or are having a problem with Bed Bugs.
This apartment is very disgusting. I finally moved out of there 6 months ago, only to have the problme follow me once again. The landlord is very nice, however he denies everything and trys to make the problem seem like its your fault. Like you were on the skytrain and some how got them that way. There is dead rotting mice everywhere decaying. Begbugs just kept coming back over and over again, even after I reapediatly asked him to spray. This apartment has major problems and the only reason why
no one complains is because it is full of low income renters that do not have the money or time to complain. If your thinking of renting the price is not even worth it for a short time. Prepare to spend lots of time and money even after you move in order to get rid of the problem.
DON'T LET THE INCENTIVES FOOL YOU, THIS PLACE IS NOTHING SHORT OF A HELL HOLE.
The hallways are infested with Sal-bugs and spiders. Building has a cockroach/bedbug problem which the incompetent management refuses to acknowledge.
The day I gave my notice to move, I found bedbugs in my suite and informed my landlord who claimed that the building had never had an issue with them, but later recanted his statement when I questioned him about a report on the Bed Bug Registry ( http://bedbugreg
istry.com/location/BC/V3M/New-Westminster/1205-4th-Ave ) at which point he admitted to a single incident a few years ago, then proceeded to blame the presence of the bedbugs on guests in my home. Upon questioning him again he came to "check the usual places for bedbugs". After a very brief examination of my bed he concluded that they were not in my suite, and told me that an exterminator would be coming by to deal with my cockroach problem in the kitchen. He told me that they used a special paste for cockroaches, wehich lined the cupboards, walls and countertops. The day that the bug guy "came to my house" I arrived home to see that NOTHING had been done to my kitchen, I felt around for the paste.... and NOTHING. I questioned my landlord to make sure the exterminator had come, and was assured that my suite had been treated. The next day I came home to a cockroach crawling accross the cupboard door. A quick call to a local exterminator confirmed that nothing had been done, you see the paste takes at least 72 hours to dry-up and be no longer visible. To sum it up: Upon informing the landlord that I would be moving at the end of the month, he shook off my issue and lied to me regarding HIS obligation to provide me a liveable place. Just today I found another roach. I had to quarantine my room, throw my bed out, and now i have to get all my clothes dry cleaned because of the landlords negligence. They'll have alot of fun in arbitration
Supposedly an exterminator came to lay down a special paste in my cupboards for the roaches, and check for bedbugs. Came home the day of the "extermination" to find no sign of said 'paste', despite the fact that my landlord insisted that an exterminator had come. The next day I found a live cockroach crawling across the cupboard (the very same one that was treated with paste), and also found traces of bedbug feces across my bed, box spring, inside the box spring, as
well as finding a carcass of a bed bug under my bed. My bed has not been slept in since, and my room has been self quarantined to prevent spread of infestation. My useless landlord insists that there were no signs of bedbugs, and that my kitchen was treated for roaches, which I have found 5 of since the "Treatment". I am moving this weekend, but that will not prevent the legal action i intend to take against the management at this building.
In the past month I've seen 4 cockroaches in my kitchen and 1 bedbug in my living room. I approached my landlord on October 20th regarding the issue. Not only did he deny my having bed bugs, as its in my living room, but also attempted to place the blame on guests in my home, stating that this building has never had bed bugs (which he later recanted, upon hearing that I had seen a report for this building on the BBR). It has been 5 days and all IO have received is the promise
we're in apartment #309. we just confirmed today that we had bed bugs, and talked to the land lord about it. land lord says he'll call an exterminator to come out and spray the apartment ASAP, and i am fully confident that he will keep his word. we should have the exterminator here in under a weeks time.