Anonymous on 05/04/2011
After being a longtime tenant at 479-A 14th Street, I notified the building management of bed bugs in my apartment on September 23, 2010. An exterminator did not inspect the apartment until October 4, 2010. When the exterminator was first scheduled to spray the apartment, he was unable to contact managment in order to discuss payment. I spoke with UPS on October 7, 2010 who informed me that the landlord refused to pay for the exterminator. His excuse was that the apartment had been rented fo
r years, therefore we must have brought in the bugs and then it was our responsibility to pay the exterminator. I immediately contacted the Department of Public Health and left a voicemail that evening. I eventually got a call back from management to say that the landlord had changed his mind, and would pay for the exterminator. At that point all other roommates were planning to move and I therefore terminated the lease rather look for new roommates during a bed bug infestation. It was over 3 weeks from when management was first informed of a possible infestation before the apartment was treated.