Cheryl Palmer on 05/31/2011
My daugher Loren Palmer and roomate moved into 956 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 on September 1, 2010. [REDACTED] reported
in November 2010 that they were getting bites on thir bodies. Never being told of the situation we thought it was spider bites. The situation worsened. Loren Palmer and [REDACTED] reported to the manager numerous times that they were getting bitten. Not until March of 2011 did the owner choose to do something. After 5 fumigations and a bedbud sniffing dog the problem g
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ot so stressful that the girls had to move due to unlivable living conditions. They stayed until May of 2011 hoping that this problem would be eraticated. We told the girls to get out of the apt. by May 31st, 2011. Now the landlord wants to charge the girls for June's rent,keep their deposit and the extermination fees. Under California law, all residential leases
and rental agreements have implied "warranty of habitablity." This must ensure that the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with the state and building and health codes that materially affect tenants' health and safety. Bedbug infestations can be the worst kind of breach of the warranty of habitability. Bedbug bites are painful and result in redness and potential scarring. In addition, bedbugs are difficult to eradicate. Therefore, once infested, tenant's personal items may have to be destroyed. Loren Palmer and [REDACTED]'s personal items had to be destroyed. A landlord who knowingly rents an apartment with bedbugs may be liable for substantial money damamges to to the tenant who suffers from a bedbug infestation. The exterminator should be paid by the landlord and the deposit returned. If, the landlord refuses, we will hire an attorney to represent us.