Mount Clemens Man Sues Over Bed Bugs
Thursday, January 5, 2012
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - A Mount Clemens man has filed a lawsuit
against his apartment building owner who, he says, refused to clean
a bed bug infestation in the building.
Frank Manion, 71, lives in a six-unit apartment building on 38th
Street in Mount Clemens. Manion said bed bugs are everywhere in the
building. He said he first spotted the bugs a few months ago.
After several tenants complained about the infestation, the
building owner had an exterminator investigate. The exterminator
said the building was infested.
However, the building owner refused to pay to fix the problem.
When Manion refused to pay rent until the bugs were exterminated,
the building owner tried to break the lease with Manion and throw
him out for complaining.
"I believe it was a retaliatory eviction. My client turned the
landlord into the city of Mount Clemens," said Manion's attorney,
James Galen. "He made a formal written complaint. Shortly
thereafter my client is in court for an eviction. My client was not
evicted. He prevailed."
Manion went to court on Thursday where a judge ruled the owner
could not throw him out and tenants do not have to pay lease until
the problem is fixed.
Manion is retired and battles diabetes. He has had heart surgery
and other health problems. Now, he is sleeping on his floor because
he had to throw out his bed, chairs and couch.
"(The bugs) have been sucking my blood," Manion said. "I wake up
with sores all over my body from the bites. It has been a horrible
However, due to the judge's ruling, an exterminator will be out
to the building soon.
"I'm planning on moving, because I don't think he is going to
come through," Manion said.
Manion said he intends to take the building owner to civil