Can I sue my landlord for bed bugs?The short answer is yes. Landlords are legally obligated to provide you with habitable living conditions. If your landlord has been notified of a bed bug problem but failed to resolve the issue, we would like to hear about it.
We often get asked by our clients the following type of questions:
Can I sue my apartment building owner for bed bugs and bed bug infestations?
Can I sue landlord for bed bugs?
Can a landlord be sued for bed bugs?
Can an apartment complex, or building owner be sued for bed bugs?
Are landlords liable for bed bug infestations?
Are apartment building owners liable for bed bugs?
Are apartment building owners responsible for bed bugs?
Are landlords responsible for bed bugs?
There are a few factors that will need to be considered, and you will need to speak with an apartment bed bug infestation attorney. For your convenience, we will provide some general information below:
Can Apartment Building Owner or Landlord Be Sued for Bed Bug Infestations?
Renters who are bitten and suffer harm due to bed bugs are able to file a lawsuit if the owners of the apartment complexes negligent and harmful actions were the cause of the infestation. Below is important information regarding beg bug infestation laws and claims against landlords. If you have any further legal questions or would like to speak directly with one of our bed bug attorney contact our law office.
Legal Theory Used to Establish Liability Against Apartment Building Owner and Managers
In most states in the country residential property owners owe their tenants a duty to provide an environment which is suitable for human habitations. Otherwise known the Warranty of Habitability the basic premise is that a rental unit must be fit to live in, landlords are ultimately legally responsible for insuring that their buildings are suitable for a human to live in. This includes a unit that is free from rampant infestation of bed bugs.
Establishing Negligence: There are four main elements that need to be proven in order to establish a case for negligence in a bed bug infestation lawsuit.
- The landlord owed a duty to the renter - under the warranty of habitability laws the duty would be established.
- The landlord breached his or her duty of care - this can be proved by a failure on the part of the property owner to provide for proper extermination of bed bugs.
- The breach of the duty resulted in the infestation of the unit.
- The infestation resulted in injury to the tenant evidenced through bed bug bites.
Why Are Bed Bug Epidemics Spreading Across the County:Bed bugs infestations have witnessed a dramatic rise over the past decade. There are many theories as to this epidemic. One theory suggests that the elimination of the use of DDT, a power chemical insecticide, due to harmful effect to the environment is the main cause. Others believe the ease of air travel and transportation is the main cause.
Recovery Available for Tenants Suffering Form Bug Infestations in Their Apartment:
All damages incurred due to a bed bug infestation are compensable under the law. A list of the type of damages which a person who has suffered from bed bug infestations due to the negligent or wrongful acts of property owners and managers are as follows:
- All health care and emergency room costs due to severe bites.
- Recovery to all property damage including beds, furniture and clothing.
- Pain and suffering compensation - including emotional anguish and PTSD resulting from long term exposure to bed bug infestations.
- Loss of income or salary.
Contacting an Attorney - and Wining Your Case In the Court of Law:
All legal consultations are provided free of charge. To contact our law offices toll free simply fill our free case evaluation form on the website and we will get back to you right away.
Cost of Hiring an Attorney to Represent You:
Many other law firms will not take a bed bug infestations case unless the client provided them with some type of upfront retainer fee. However the Bed Bug Legal Group work on a contingency fee basis meaning that our clients do not have to pay any out of pocket fees for legal expenses incurred. We also proved a NO WIN ZERO FREE GUARANTEE meaning that if we are not able to provide a settlement or jury verdict in your favor you will not owe us any fees. Contact us today to speak to an attorney for apartment bed bug infestations