Bedbug Battle Heads to Court
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
It seems a battle over bed bugs is pitting a local renter
against her landlord. Now, a Fayetteville woman is taking her fight
to a jury.
"Those bugs are crawling on you while you're sleeping and you
don't know about it," says Tessie Tull. "I have scars on my arms,
all over my arms, too." Tull says her fully furnished apartment
also came with a full-blown bed bug infestation and when she asked
for a new spot, she says the landlords blamed her.
"They basically said that once I signed the lease, it was my
responsibility." Tull says she developed a strange rash when she
moved into the East Oaks Complex. She went to the doctor and he
immediately identified the spots as bed bug bites. The Lindsey
managed apartments refused to move her to another building, and
Tull says when she broke her lease, she received a bill for three
months rent and a $300 charge for bed bug treatment.
"Obviously it was their fault because it was a furnished
apartment," Tull says. "I've had all my stuff for several years so
I know it didn't come from my things. It just seemed to me like
this is a problem that's going to affect the whole community if
something isn't done about it." Tull filed a lawsuit and hopes this
problem won't happen to others.
There is a jury trial scheduled for September but Tulls attorney
says Arkansas law isn't making things easy. Lindsey Management's
legal department declined comment on the open litigation.