Bed Bugs Infest Upscale Uptown Apartment
Monday, May 12, 2014
A Charlotte man is spending the weekend in a hotel after he says
bed bugs infested his uptown apartment. Now, he says the complex
wants him to pay for it.
Tommy Brown says he chose to live in the upscale Quarterside
Apartments to avoid problems like this. However, everything changed
a few weeks ago when he says the bed bugs started to crawl.
"It was worse than my worst nightmare," Brown said.
Brown says he's lived in the complex for nearly three years.
However, he turned to WBTV when he says the nightmare started a few
"I was sitting on my sofa watching playoffs and I saw two bugs
crawling on my arms," Brown said.
Brown called management at the Quarterside Apartments. They sent
out an exterminator who confirmed those two little bedbugs were
really an infestation of thousands and that he had to foot the bill
to get rid of them.
"The apartment complex told me that I need to pay $1,200 for
pest control in my apartment or I was going to be evicted," Brown
Brown insisted the bedbugs came from his neighbor who moved out
recently and that he saw them with his own two eyes.
"The apartment was clean, the apartment was painted. And we
still found a bed bug," Brown said.
The complex says the opposite claiming Brown's unit is the only
However, at the top of the bed bug agreement Brown was given to
sign after the problem was found, you'll find not only his
apartment number, but also the number of unit next door.
"They could have and should have put everyone on notice that
there was bed bug activity," Brown said.
We called Quarterside, who hung up not long after we identified
ourselves. So, we called them back and the woman we spoke to
insisted the manager had stepped out.
The Connor Group, who owns Quarterside, called us not long after
we contacted the office. They insist Brown's unit is the only one
infested with bed bugs. They added that they only treated the
neighboring unit because of it's close proximity to Brown's
They provided documentation stating no bed bugs were found in
the neighboring unit or any other unit's but Brown's.