Texas Landlords Taking Advantage of Tenants

NJ bed bugs specialists know first-hand how difficult it can be to rid an apartment unit of bed bugs.  The tenacious bloodsuckers will easily travel from unit to unit using electrical wires and plumbing pipes until they reach their desired victim.  As with any home or business, bed bugs can easily hide within walls and creep out of electrical outlets, or under baseboards, or through venting systems.  Unlike single family homes, multi-unit buildings provide even more opportunity for hungry bed bugs to travel from unit to unit with great ease.  It is not uncommon to find when a unit is infested; the units on either side, and above and below also have some level of bed bug infestation as well.  This is why the National Pest Management recommends that you must take an aggressive approach to treating bed bug infestations when it comes to multi-unit buildings.

According to Kvue.com on August 31, 2012, about two years ago, many Texas landlords began adding a “Bed Bug Addendum” to the leasing contract that all new renters are required to sign. The Addendum requires that new tenants find and report any bed bugs in an apartment within 48 hours of signing a lease.  Finding bed bugs or evidence of the pests in that short of a time period is typically an impossible task as in most instances; the bugs would likely have to travel from another unit to begin attacking the new tenant.  Additionally, unless the tenant captured the bed bug and knew what type of bug it was, it is unlikely that the tenant would realize that their apartment was infested for at least a few weeks if not longer.

While it is understandable that landlords want to protect their interest and financial well-being, passing off the expense of bed bug eradication services onto tenants is unfair.

Despite the fact that bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, the Texas Tenants Union believes that bed bugs should be considered to be a public heath nuisance by the State of Texas just like rats, mice and mosquitoes are considered to be.

5 thoughts on “Texas Landlords Taking Advantage of Tenants”

  1. daughters apt complex requires signed clause, but doesn’t believe bugs can go from apt to apt. building recently settled with multiple cracks. kids started getting bites shortly after the cracks, and multiple trips to MD trying to identify bites. found bed bugs this week. Now complex is requiring extermination of furniture at her cost. Where is help for low income families? she works 2 jobs, dead beat dad pays nothing??? Ft worth area.

  2. daughters apt complex requires signed clause, but doesn’t believe bugs can go from apt to apt. building recently settled with multiple cracks. kids started getting bites shortly after the cracks, and multiple trips to MD trying to identify bites. found bed bugs this week. Now complex is requiring extermination of furniture at her cost. Where is help for low income families? she works 2 jobs, dead beat dad pays nothing??? Ft worth area.

  3. daughters apt complex requires signed clause, but doesn’t believe bugs can go from apt to apt. building recently settled with multiple cracks. kids started getting bites shortly after the cracks, and multiple trips to MD trying to identify bites. found bed bugs this week. Now complex is requiring extermination of furniture at her cost. Where is help for low income families? she works 2 jobs, dead beat dad pays nothing???

  4. Does a land have the right to rent property he knows to be massivly infected with bedbugs witbout disclosing the fact?

  5. Passing off the cost of bed bud eradication is indeed unfair. My lease also has a clause that could conceivably force the tenant to pay for lost rental income in surrounding units.

    But the Bed Bug Survival Guide is probably the best book out in terms of avoiding and getting rid of bed bugs.

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