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Thank you very much for your answer!
No way could we afford a moving company.
We only have a couple of small dressers, desk, TV, clothes and dishes to move.
We are getting rid of the beds.
We replaced all our furniture with plastics.
These will be easy to clean with the ammonia solution you suggested and the Dia-earth.
Am taking all our linens and clothes to wash and dry with high heat ( and now, ammonia as you suggested ) Before we get there.
I will also be taking the earth to use generously in the new place before we carry anything inside.
My question was mostly about the landlords moral / legal obligation to eradicate the bugs or give us a break on the rent payments.
What it boils down to is he wants us to pay rent and the extermination fees or he will evict us. He has said he will not renew our lease at the end of March, even if we make all these payments. He said the rent will also be raised a hundred dollars a month at that time.:(
As I said our lease will expire in March anyway.
DUDE!! LEAVE NOW!!...LEAVE your Stuff!! Take WHAT important papers, photos and other "Can't bare to part with" small items..Wrap them in Plastic.. w/the Bug Spray on them)....THOSE bugs .Can Live FOREVER.. in everything!! Live w/pals..or a motel !! WHY stay in a place that's INFESTED!!

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_Evil-_-Bill_ wrote:
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I bring a sleeping bag. Not just for the bed bugs but all the other scum everywhere.
YEah, but they can still get into your sleeping bag ... and come home with you.

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YEah, but they can still get into your sleeping bag ... and come home with you.
True that's why I rarely stay in any hotel. The last time I stayed in a hotel was 5 years ago.

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We moved into this apt. 2 years ago. There are bedbugs in it !! Had to throw away our new couch and love seat and replace 3 beds. Used dia-earth everywhere. Landlord helped with regular exterminator visits.(Once a month.)
Our lease expires at the end of March.
The apt.s were sold at auction mid-January.
The new landlord came to visit, to tell of the sale and request that rent be sent to him.
The BB problem was brought to his attention then. 01-17-14. He said he would research and see what he could do about it.
Meanwhile, our roommate contacted the new guy and demanded he do something now about the pest control.
He replied with an email, that on the 28th of Jan. was the first he knew about the BB's.
He would "release us" from the lease without penalty if we moved out by Feb 28th, so he could address the bugs extermination without harm to us.
OR we could pay rent as usual AND pay for the BB treatment.
Note: We can not be in the apt. during this treatment and there is no guarantee that our furniture, clothes or household items will be cleaned and not damaged.
I asked Mr. Magnanimous if the offer to let us out of the lease could extend to the end of March.
We need at least that much time to find an affordable place to move to. To save enough for the deposit and first months rent and moving expenses.
He laughed and said no.
Here is the dilemma.
Roommate wants to get rid of the bugs at any cost. She is not on a fixed income like us.
She wants to pay her part of the rent and half the BB treatment.
I say to hell with it , we will move at the end of March, or sooner if we can find a place in that time frame.
I do not plan on paying rent.
I figure if he throws an eviction notice at us, so be it. The men who come to throw us out can load the moving van for us, lol.
After all we will be leaving behind most of our furniture and other items that may carry the BB's to the new place.
What do you think? How would you handle this situation?
Thanks for your input and for taking the time to read all this.
I would seriously recommend that you DO pay your last months rent, to protect yourself! If you can't afford it, then make a payment arrangement with the idiot landlord. I say this because once you piss him off, he'll not only sue you for past rent but he'll look for anything else just to add to your cost. I would also suggest to you that in the future, you purchase a renters insurance that would've paid for replacement (or at least helped with replacement costs) When I owned my rentals, I made this suggestion to my tenants only because my homeowners insurance for the rentals only covered the cost of repairs to my houses, not the contents of the renters. I really feel for you, although I've never had problems with bedbugs, I used to tell my tenants that if they see more than two bugs in a 24 hour period to call me. I would have the exterminator out the next day.
Are there other units available in your complex? If you were a tenant of mine and paid your rent on time, I would've paid the cost of a hotel once you got your stuff out and then removed all carpets and drapes and had the apt. treated. Your best bet now is to call someone that will take all beds, couches etc to the dump. If you try and reuse this stuff at your next place, you'll have the same problem. Take your clothes to a laundry mat and not into your new home until they've been washed. Good luck Tink, I really do feel for you!

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Rent a dozen Guinea hens and leave them in the apartment for a week.
This is so funny you mentioned this! We were actually joking with another friend about 6 month ago and they suggested we get a house chicken for a pet. Great minds think alike I suppose. ;)

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I can't believe you asked for help in this matter..Move out!!! What you spend in lawyer fees alone isn't worth it. Leave sorry that is a no brainer,
Thank you for this reply. Please believe me, if we had the resources when this began we would have left then!
Now I've have been blessed with much free legal advice through our friends here on Topix. And have made several discoveries in our favor. Bless you and take care. I do hope you never have to suffer with this type situation.:)

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tallyho wrote:
new landlord all prevailing contracts are null and void
marshals don't load vans your belongings go to the curb
bed bugs are transported they don't migrate ....
FINALLY: most states have adopted some form of a uniform landlord tenant law....you need to find out if,(and I think it may be), the failure to rid your apartment of these bed bugs is a denial of essential services
Thank you. Yes, we have learned that the LL is the one who was responcible in our state. Also, it was broght to out attention last night, as per your words, no contract has been signed with the new guy. So we owe him nothing.(BY the same token he owes us nothing as far as eradication.)
So we will be saving our monies and spending it on new rent in a new place as soon as we kill and clean everything.
Thank you again for the good help, everybody!!!
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Correction to the typos:

Thank you. Yes, we have learned that the LL is the one who was responsible in our state. Also, it was brought to our attention last night, as per your words, no contract has been signed with the new guy. So we owe him nothing.(BY the same token he owes us nothing as far as eradication.)_While we are still here._
So we will be saving our monies and spending it on new rent in a new place as soon as we kill and clean everything.
Thank you again for the good help, everybody!!!
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Have a great afternoon everyone. Very grateful for all your kind words and advice!!!

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check ur lease as to who is responsible.
some states say the landlord.

BTY they can get into EVERYTHING - drawers, etc. not just ur bed..

good luck!
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Take out renters insurance and burn the place to the ground.

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insurance doesn't paid out on arson
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tallyho wrote:
insurance doesn't paid out on arson
Only if you get caught!

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Independent wrote:
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Only if you get caught!
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to prove who was an arsonist is one of the hardest things , to prove a fire was arson is relatively easy.....and that stops insurance paym'ts

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SUJ wrote:
We moved into this apt. 2 years ago. There are bedbugs in it !! Had to throw away our new couch and love seat and replace 3 beds. Used dia-earth everywhere. Landlord helped with regular exterminator visits.(Once a month.)

Our lease expires at the end of March.

The apt.s were sold at auction mid-January.
The new landlord came to visit, to tell of the sale and request that rent be sent to him.

The BB problem was brought to his attention then. 01-17-14. He said he would research and see what he could do about it.

Meanwhile, our roommate contacted the new guy and demanded he do something now about the pest control.

He replied with an email, that on the 28th of Jan. was the first he knew about the BB's.

He would "release us" from the lease without penalty if we moved out by Feb 28th, so he could address the bugs extermination without harm to us.

OR we could pay rent as usual AND pay for the BB treatment.

Note: We can not be in the apt. during this treatment and there is no guarantee that our furniture, clothes or household items will be cleaned and not damaged.

I asked Mr. Magnanimous if the offer to let us out of the lease could extend to the end of March.

We need at least that much time to find an affordable place to move to. To save enough for the deposit and first months rent and moving expenses.
He laughed and said no.

Here is the dilemma.
Roommate wants to get rid of the bugs at any cost. She is not on a fixed income like us.
She wants to pay her part of the rent and half the BB treatment.

I say to hell with it , we will move at the end of March, or sooner if we can find a place in that time frame.
I do not plan on paying rent.

I figure if he throws an eviction notice at us, so be it. The men who come to throw us out can load the moving van for us, lol.
After all we will be leaving behind most of our furniture and other items that may carry the BB's to the new place.

What do you think? How would you handle this situation?

Thanks for your input and for taking the time to read all this.
Sublet to a group of savages and make you neighbors want to die!
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Feb 4, 2014
 
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to prove who was an arsonist is one of the hardest things , to prove a fire was arson is relatively easy.....and that stops insurance paym'ts
I would respectfully disagree.

I have seen it happen.

Had a neighbor who had his garage burned down with his classic car inside. Insurance paid off even though arson was proved.

You need better insurance.

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Independent wrote:
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I would respectfully disagree.
I have seen it happen.
Had a neighbor who had his garage burned down with his classic car inside. Insurance paid off even though arson was proved.
You need better insurance.
:^`/
was it the classic car insurance that paid which it would have to ... sure it wasn't the home owners insurance , but every thing is possible ....

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OHHHH NOOO...If I give ya advice and ya Take It..AND..It Doesn't Work Out..YOU'LL BLAB..All OVER..Topix .BAD MOUTHING ME!!

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DondoDork wrote:
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I would seriously recommend that you DO pay your last months rent, to protect yourself! If you can't afford it, then make a payment arrangement with the idiot landlord. I say this because once you piss him off, he'll not only sue you for past rent but he'll look for anything else just to add to your cost. I would also suggest to you that in the future, you purchase a renters insurance that would've paid for replacement (or at least helped with replacement costs) When I owned my rentals, I made this suggestion to my tenants only because my homeowners insurance for the rentals only covered the cost of repairs to my houses, not the contents of the renters. I really feel for you, although I've never had problems with bedbugs, I used to tell my tenants that if they see more than two bugs in a 24 hour period to call me. I would have the exterminator out the next day.
Are there other units available in your complex? If you were a tenant of mine and paid your rent on time, I would've paid the cost of a hotel once you got your stuff out and then removed all carpets and drapes and had the apt. treated. Your best bet now is to call someone that will take all beds, couches etc to the dump. If you try and reuse this stuff at your next place, you'll have the same problem. Take your clothes to a laundry mat and not into your new home until they've been washed. Good luck Tink, I really do feel for you!
Tink??

really?

learn something new every day!

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First, genetically modify the bedbugs into ravenous flesh eating beasts and implant controller chips. Then, unleash the horde on your enemies. Problem solved. Cost of R&D and implimentation:$1.7 billion, seeing your landlord eaten alive by wee beasties, priceless.

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