It has come to our attention that some anonymous complaints have been posted regarding a past bedbug issue at 98 Christopher St and the buildings management company, Clearwater Realty, who we have been working closely with for over twenty years.
When a bedbug issue first arose at the building, Clearwater authorized us to begin a comprehensive bedbug treatment of the entire building as soon as possible. Clearwater was fully cooperative throughout the entire process, including the authorizatio
n of multiple re-treatments throughout the building, in order to ensure that the problem was eradicated thoroughly using the best available methods and procedures. Clearwater complied with the full program, at great cost, without hesitation. It has now been some time since the last report of this insect in this apartment building.
Living in this building has been a miserable experience.
I first found out that the building was infested with bed bugs by the superintendent as he was fixing something else in my apartment (this was in December 2011). A formal announcement of bed bugs in the building had not yet been made, even though the superintendent knew they were in the building. He urged me to get bed bug covers for my mattress, and about two weeks after spending $200 on bed bug covers, came around the building to off
er free covers to all tenants.
I suspected that I had bed bugs towards the end of February 2012/early March 2012, and after 2 inspections by the superintendent, was told that I had carpet beetles. I found bed bugs as I was falling asleep a few nights later. After another inspection by the landlord, who confirmed that I did have bed bugs, it was a week before the exterminator could service my apartment. During this time, my apartment was not habitable since I could not sleep without being bitten and finding bed bugs in my bed. I spent nearly $1000 in hotel costs since I had nowhere else to go with such short notice. I spent another $500 in laundering and cleaning costs and had to take time off of work to pack up my apartment.
Two nights after the first extermination, I found live bed bugs in my apartment once again, and noticed that they were crawling through the brick wall. My apartment was exterminated again a week and a half later, and and I was instructed to wait another two weeks before unpacking my apartment. Having to pay $2000/month in rent for an apartment that is not habitable is ridiculous.
Although a sealant was applied to the brick wall to prevent bed bugs from entering through cracks in the wall, this was only done in response to my demand that the brick wall be filled in/repaired. This was not handled by the property management company in a timely fashion.
In early July 2012, I was asked by Harlington property management whether I had noticed any bed bugs since there had been recent problems in the building, but was not provided with any other information regarding the bed bug issue even upon further inquiry.
I found a single bug in my bathtub August 2012, which I believe crawled up through the drain pipe.
This experience has been a nightmare and I advise anyone considering an apartment at this address to stay away!
For the record, I used to live there. Ask Harlington for a bed bug rider (that are legally required at lease signing) and they won't offer one.
In other words, they won't put it in writing that the whole building is infested. They'll be up against a lawsuit within the near future. It's only a matter of time.
Anonymous on 04/25/2012
Horrible! Bed bugs will not go away. They have been present prior to me moving in. Prior to signing lease I asked management if there were bed bugs present in the building and they flat out lied and said no. They will not go away and neither the building super (who is terrible and is always entering apartment without permission) or management cares!
Anonymous on 02/23/2012
BED BUGS EVERYWHERE. DO NOT RENT AN APARTMENT HERE. YOU WILL REGRET IT!
Anonymous on 01/05/2012
I too have them in this building and they are not going away! The exterminators have come multiple times with no luck and after spending $1500 on cleaning everything, I'm looking for a new place ASAP. They are going to keep coming back because they're in the walls, coming through the doors and ceilings. I will say the management company has been good at responding to calls, but at this point nothing is enough to get rid of them completely. They should just tear the whole place down.
Anonymous Tenant on 01/03/2012
Get out now. This building is a disaster. Been a MAJOR problem. I'm packing up and leaving this month.
And just for a little background, my unit was professionally exterminated three times, I've caulked, steamed, vacuumed AND put down a special dust that supposedly is the only thing that works against these pests. Nothing works.
And forget the management company... they only raised my rent when they asked me to renew my lease.
NO thank you.
Anonymous on 12/29/2011
The entire building is infested. I am trying to get out of my lease because it seems like this problem will not go away anytime soon. I spent almost $1000 on cleaning bills. They are all in the walls going from one apartment to the next. It's a nightmare.