never thought how quickly bedbugs could become my problem.
June 3, 2014 4:12 PM Subscribe
Bedbugs in apartment we just moved into. What to do? Legally, practically, emotionally.
posted by geegollygosh to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Moved into a new apartment on may 31st. Yesterday afternoon I was hanging out on our bed and found three bedbugs crawling at me. Looked on mattress and found like 15 (were not there when we moved in). Then saw that both of the wintdowsills next to the bed were covered in black dots.
Talked to the landlord this morning, he said they had been there when the last tenants moved out eight months ago but he'd treated them and thought they were gone. Great. He also said that he'd had them in his apartment (this is a three story place, landlord on top, us in the middle, and a ton of people in the bottom floor apartment). Kept telling us that he'd "successfully eradicated" them "many times" before. Yeah dude. Okay. Also keeps telling me that it's not the end of the world.
He wanted to treat for them himself, we were all like ”no way" so an exterminator is coming tomorrow. To his credit, he has been responsive and prompt, but I don't think he understands the seriousness of the problem and is not going to treat the other two units and I have no faith that this is actually going to succeed.
Our situation: me and my boyfriend, both just moved here for new jobs, both broke due to moving costs and paycheck gaps. We are on a month to month lease, though we said we would be staying through August. This is not in our lease, only verbally. We do not have the money to forfeit the rent we paid for june.
We don't have a ton of stuff, most of it was still in boxes in a different room that we rarely go into (unfortunately this is the second bedroom, no evidence of bugs but I think the previous tenants had kids, so it was probably used as a bedroom). Everything was all put into trash bags this morning. We had thought about sticking it in our cars in the sun just in case bugs had managed to get in. Okay idea? Not sufficient? Overreacting? Everything in the bedroom has stayed where it was, have not moved things around.
Should we move or am i overreacting? Is it "safe" to move at the end of the month if the exterminator has been here a few times, even if we're not sure that the building is good?
Legally, what should we be doing to cover ourselves? If we move out in July and he tries to keep our security deposit, for instance, or whatever other legal way we could get screwed here. We have photos from yesterday on our phones of the preexisting evidence of bb. We are in providence, ri.
What else should we do now, practically, to deal with the bugs?
I'm super upset about this. We'd just gotten settled after a long period of lots of crazy stuff and now all of my things are in bags and there chemicals all over and a long list of things we need to do/buy with our no money. How can I can i calm down?