Renters and landlords—as well as hotel owners, motel owners, and their guests—have always struggled with infestations, specifically bed bug infestations. In Michigan, a search through the bedbug registry reveals the severity of the bed bug problem throughout the state. Infestations are violations of building codes, health laws, and some city ordinances.
Unfortunately, many people are unknowingly exposed to bed bug infestations in hotels, motels, and apartments. They check into or move into places which they believe to be safe and free of any hazards. Were you or members of your family harmed in any way after being exposed to bed bug infestations in apartments, motels, or hotels? If so, you might have many questions about the bed bug infestation laws in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Warren, and Sterling Heights.
What are the laws in Michigan? What are the Michigan landlord bed bug laws? What are the Michigan hotel bed bug laws? What does Michigan apartment bed bug law state regarding landlord responsibility for the damages caused by bed bug infestations? If you have any of these questions or any other questions on the laws regarding bed bug infestations, do not hesitate to contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible.
If you are interested in speaking with a Michigan bed bug injury lawyer, contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible. Bed Bug Legal Group is a law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of all parties affected by bed bug infestations in hotels, motels, and apartments. Our bed bug experts are ready to handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you deserve. If you would like to discuss Michigan statutes and constitution with the experts on our legal team, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, nocturnal insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs come out of crevices during the night, to feed on their sleeping victims. Bed bugs are quick to reproduce under ideal conditions—resulting in severe infestations in a few months. Bed bugs are often found hiding in a number of places within hotels, motels, and apartments. Some of the most common bed bug hiding spots include the following: beds, mattresses, bed frames, luggage, clothing, chairs, sofas, couches, carpets, and wooden furniture, for example. Bed bugs have even been found in walls behind hanging picture frames and in the crevices between floorboards. In general, bed bugs choose to hide in places in which they have easy access to their meals. Bed bugs are known to be able to survive more than one year without eating. Bed bugs are also known to be resistant to generic bed bug pesticide. If you or your family were exposed to a bed bug infestation, you likely suffered some harm or damages.
The Damages Caused by Bed Bug Infestations in Hotels, Motels, and Apartments
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the harm that could be suffered due to a bed bug infestation? For many people, the only possible consequence that could result from exposure to a bed bug infestation is bed bug bites. However, bed bug bites are just some of the bed bug injuries that victims could suffer. Without a doubt, exposure to bed bugs could lead to bed bug bites. The parties exposed could also suffer allergic reactions, skin infections, and permanent scarring. Besides physical injuries, victims are likely to be left struggling with anxiety, depression, fear, embarrassment, and post-traumatic stress disorder due to their experience with bed bugs. In most cases, the parties exposed to bed bug infestations also suffer at least some degree of property damage. Regardless of the specific type of harm that you and your family suffered after being exposed to a bed bug infestation at a hotel, motel, or apartment, you might have grounds to file a claim and receive compensation.
Bed Bug Laws in Michigan
What are the bed bug laws in Michigan state? Is there Michigan state law regarding bed bugs? What are the Michigan bed bug bite laws that apply to you and your family? Are you and your family protected by bed bug law and legal statutes in Michigan if you are harmed by bed bug in Michigan hotels, motels, or apartments? If you and your family were harmed in any way after being unjustly exposed to bed bug infestations in Michigan, you likely have many questions about bed bug laws for hotel bed bugs in Michigan and apartment bed bug laws in Michigan.
Unfortunately, there are no specific bed bug laws in Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights, Warren, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. However, tenants, motel guests, and hotel guests are still protected by Michigan law—even if just by general laws.
Consider the following laws regarding the duties toward tenants:
- Landlords are required to keep their rentals in a fit condition, in reasonable repair, and in compliance with health/safety laws.
- Landlords are not liable for repairs when the tenants’ intentional/irresponsible actions resulted in the problem.
- Landlords are only required to meet minimum habitability standards.
- Landlords have the duty to address known issues—such as bed bug infestations. However, landlords do not have the duty to inspect the premises in search of these infestations; the tenant must inform the landlord after becoming aware of the problem (MCL 554.139).
As you could see, landlords have clear duties towards tenants. Although there are no specific Michigan tenant bed bug laws, tenants are still protected. For more information about the Michigan renter bed bug laws that could apply to your claim, you must meet with our experts.
How are motel and hotel guests protected by Michigan law? There is no specific Michigan law on bed bugs regarding hotel and motel infestations, but guests are protected by common law. Under common law, hotel owners and motel owners have the duty to promote the safety of their guests. Therefore, when they become aware of an infestation, they must act promptly to address the problem and prevent their guests from being harmed. If they knowingly fail to take action to address an existing infestation, they could lose their right to sue and receive compensation.
To learn more about Michigan motel bed bug laws and Michigan landlord tenant laws regarding bed bugs, contact our law firm today. Our experts will provide you with the information that you need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or a property damage claim against the liable party.
Your Right to Pursue a Claim
Can you sue a landlord in Michigan for bed bugs? Can you sue a hotel owner or motel owner for bed bugs in your room? Your right to file a bed bug lawsuit in Michigan is based on negligence. Landlords, hotel owners, and motel owners have a duty to you. Their duty to you and your family varies, but it remains present. When there is a duty of care owed, the party must act within his or her duty of care to ensure that their tenants, hotel guests, or motel guests are not subject to any harm due to the bed bug infestations present on their premises. If a landlord, hotel owner, or motel owner breaches their duty of care to you or your family, the harm suffered could be a direct result of their negligent actions—making them liable. If a landlord, hotel owner, or motel owner acted negligently and led to the harm that you suffered, you could file a Michigan bed bug infestation lawsuit and receive compensation. For more information about your right to pursue a claim and the Michigan bed bug law that applies to your claim, do not hesitate to contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible.
The Statute of Limitations for a Michigan Bed Bug Case in Michigan
Besides understanding the Michigan bed bug laws that could apply to your Michigan bed bug lawsuit, you must also understand the statute of limitations that applies to your claim. A statute of limitations is a timeline that applies to your claim and determines the length of time that you have to pursue your claim. If claimants do not file their claims within the statute of limitations that is applicable, they could lose their rights to sue.
What does losing your right to sue based on the statute of limitations mean to you? Losing your right to sue means losing your right to recover compensation—bed bug lawsuits can be worth significant amounts, and losing the right to sue could represent severe losses to claimants. Are you willing to risk your right to sue and receive compensation?
Consider the following timelines that could apply to bed bug claims:
- 3 years for claimants pursuing personal injury bed bug cases in Michigan
- 3 years for claimants pursuing property damage Michigan bed bug cases
As mentioned above, the failure to file a bed bug claim within the statute of limitations can result in losing the right to sue. Therefore, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible and discuss your claim with our bed bug experts as soon as possible. Understanding the time that you have to pursue your claim is essential in eventually reaching a successful outcome for your bed bug claim. If you would like to learn more about the statute of limitations and the Michigan state bed bug laws that might apply to your claim, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Our Law Firm
If you are ready to exercise your rights as a tenant or as a hotel/motel guest, do not hesitate to contact Bed Bug Legal Group at your earliest convenience. The bed bug experts at Bed Bug Legal Group are ready to fight for your right to file a lawsuit. Our law firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions to ensure that you have access to our legal experts. Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee—which ensures that you will never have to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our services. Our firm is also based on a strict contingency structure that ensures that you will not be required to pay anything until your claim is successful. If you would like to discuss the bedbugs laws that apply to your Michigan claim with our bed bug experts, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.