Good Questions: What Can I Do If They Lied About Bedbugs?

Good Questions: What Can I Do If They Lied About Bedbugs?

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 23, 2007

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Hello AT,

I just signed a 1yr lease for a new apartment. Prior to signing, I asked the management company whether there had been any roach, mice, or bedbug infestations. I was most particularly concerned about bedbugs. Management said no, and I believed them. However, after signing the lease, I returned to the apartment to take some measurements and met some of the prior tenants...

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They said that one of the four roommates did indeed have bedbugs and that the management company sent an exterminator three times!

I am very angry at the management company and feel foolish for taking their word. I am going to insist that they exterminate the apartment again before I move in but dont know what they will say.

Is there anything else I can do at this point?

Thanks, Anne

Dear Anne,

That sucks. We can also understand why the management company lied (because you wouldn't have taken the apartment), and that means you really can't count on anyone to tell the truth about this subject. You have to get the information in other ways if you can if you really care about these issues.

As for what you can do, we don't think you can really do anything to the management company aside from move out, but you should be able to make them do everything necessary to take care of the problem or you could make a big stink in the building.

Our friend who had the bedbugs is fine for the time being now:

Bedbugs Take Manhattan #6

and we are awaiting her next inspection to see if anything came back. We are not sure whether or not bedbugs are hard or easy to get out of a building once you do all the things you need to do. It looks to us that you may be in the clear if they've already exterminated a few times.

That said, we would request a professional inspection paid for by the management to set your mind at ease.

Anyone else??

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