Have Bed Bugs Need Security Back


I currently live in a high rise and was horrified to wake up last night only to realize that I had bed bugs.  To me, an infestation of bed bugs deems an apartment unliveable since the only way to reside there is to risk being physically harmed plus I have no where to sleep.  My landlord seems to think this is not a big deal as he says he won’t have an exterminator come for 5 days.  My first question is how can they wait so long and what can I do in the meantime? Doesn’t this fall under his responsibility to keep the apt in good condition and a safe environment for his tenants?  My second question is about making him pay for property loss or damage (i.e. if I need to get a new mattress or dispose of belongings that have been infested with the bugs).  I think he is going to keep my security deposit because of how dishonest he is and I am going to need that in order to continue parasite treatments at my new apartment plus the cost of a new mattress and cleaning an dpreventitive measures for my other personal property.  I feel like he is taking advantage, what aer my rights?

Edited on: Monday, April 19th, 2010 9:16 am

7 Responses to “Have Bed Bugs Need Security Back”

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Sara Gibson

April 19th, 2010 8:42 am

Yes, you’re right that you do have some rights when your apartment get infested by bed bugs.  In most cases your landlord should promptly treat your rental unit.  Proper treatment can save all of your belongings.  Its not always true that you have to toss the mattress.   There are treatments that can save all of your property.
What ever you do DON’T MOVE until you have completely treated the bed bug infestation.  By moving you will just spread the problem to your new place.  Bed bugs are highly spreadable, so you NEED to properly treat them before you do anything else.


April 19th, 2010 8:50 am

QUESTION:  How can management wait so long to treat my bed bug infestation

ANSWER:  As landlords we have right to respond within a reasonable timeframe.  5 days seems a little long due to the type of infestation, but then again, its probably reasonable.  I’m sure you didn’t just wake up with bed bugs– they’ve probably been in your unit for some time.  It is possible that your body is now showing a response to their bites.


April 19th, 2010 8:45 am

Don’t stress about your belongings, your renter’s insurance will cover that.  Call up your insurance company to ask them to give you a bid.  If you don’t have renter’s insurance, well, chalk it up to “Lessoned Learned.”  Your landlord isn’t going to pay for any of your belongings, trust me I’ve been done that road.  Luckily I had a renter’s insurance policy that covered my property.

Bedbug Victim Too!

April 19th, 2010 8:57 am

I’ve been facing the same bed bug problem at my apartment.  I tried working it out with my landlady but, she really had no interest in resolving the problem.  That’s when I decided to file a complaint with the RPA.   I was a little apprehensive at first, but now that I filed I know my rights are being met.  
I have an open case still, so I don’t know what the end results are… but I can tell you that at least I’m standing up for my rights.  I have my case number but it hasn’t been assigned to an Agent yet.  
I will update you on my case as things happen.  
P.S.  Here’s the complaint form to file a bed bug complaint: https://www.rentalprotectionagency.com/complaint_center_form.php

Bedbug Victim Too!

April 21st, 2010 1:30 am

As promissed, I’m updating everyone on my bedbug complaint I filed with the RPA.  My case was assigned to an RPA Agent today.  The agent has reviewed my complaint and prepared a written notice that is being mailed out today.  The notice is being mailed to my landlord via certified USPS Certified Mail with the following tracking number 7009 0080 0001 1270 0474. 

The agent has informed me that now the case is pending a response from my landlady.  I can’t wait to see how she responds!!  I feel like finally someone is standing up for my rights.  I’ll post the next time I have an update.  :)

Fed UP

August 11th, 2010 7:33 am

just wanted to know what happen with you bed bug situation im in the same situation and the are giving me the i dont know and we need to find out who’s responsible run around..i have proof that the bed bugs where there before i moved in because a friend actually lived in the apartment i do right before i moved in and they said they had them.


October 19th, 2010 11:36 am

we moved in 10-09-2010 to an apartment, and on the next day i see bedbugs crawling up the walls and in the carpet when switch on the light in the midnight. We have not opened the furniture. We bought everything brand new. We given complaint on 10-11-2010(MONDAY MORNING) didnt know that they are bed bugs. They treated them on friday and we are out of the house for 2 days. then we went on in saturday to give complaint as we are very frustration as my two little kids are badly infected and myself too. 10-18-2010 again we emailed them and today we have given them the pictures of crawling bedbugs on the roof and walls and the dead bugs we killed them in the night. and pictures and personal letter asking them for lease termination. They asked us to pay the 60day market rent and go away. No response to email and and personal letter till now. Can we get any help Please my kids are getting sick


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