Bedbugs have been living in your personal belongings for decades; however, these bed bugs have been on the rise lately. They have taken over your beds, clothes, drawers, everything! For those who aren’t familiar with bed bugs, they are small brown insects that run through your walls, ceilings, and floors. They survive by feeding off of the blood of animals and humans, especially, when they are in their immature stage when they shed. Before shedding, these little critters require sucking on blood. Luckily for us humans and animals, they do not transmit diseases; they are just a pain that you must get rid of immediately!
Bedbugs can enter your home through used beds, luggage, clothes, etc. It is easy for them to hide and spread from room to room. If your home has been infested with bedbugs, it may not even be your fault. Sometimes they are able to sneak in through your doors because of a neighbor in an apartment complex or even by travelling. If you have been affected by bedbugs, you can seek justice today!
On an episode of USA Network’s Suits, the associate, Mike Ross, dealt with a pro bono case in which his client was suing his tenant due to a bedbugs infestation.
Just as many people have seen Mike Ross do it on TV, you too, can take bed bugs to court. A recent case occurred in Des Moines, Iowa, when Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Tower have been taken over by bed bugs. Sue Rogers decided to involve the 225 other people that lived in those apartments that had also been suffering from bed bug infiltration and turned her case into a class action suit because they claimed that the tenants were negligent.
The case went up to the Iowa Supreme Court, though it never went to trial. The case against First Baptist Elderly Housing Foundation, First Baptist Housing Foundation and American Baptist Homes of the Midwest resulted in a settlement of $2.45 million. The lawyers for the class action used the defense of the recently legislated “Private Right of Action,” which “allows consumers to sue businesses that engage in deceptive practices, unfair practices or misrepresentation, or that fail to disclose material facts,” (The Des Moines Register). Residents, former residents, and family members of deceased residents that have lived in the apartment complexes from October 2007 to August 2013 will receive a range from $200 to $11,000 within 7 to 10 days.
"We were never in it for the money," Rogers said in a statement about their settlement. "We just wanted (the bedbugs) out." The two apartment buildings are going to be renovated and are having a monitoring system for pests.
It is every landlords’ responsibility to make sure that the apartment complexes are a safe and healthy environment. When a bedbug is spotted, the landlord must make it their duty to get rid and prevent them from spreading. Bedbugs are serious pests, the landlord will be held accountable.
Do you have an issue with your home that the owner isn’t doing anything about?
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