Rental company in Ohio sued over alleged bedbugs

Thursday, July 7, 2011

DAYTON, Ohio - Three roommates who say their rental furniture was infested with bedbugs have sued the southwest Ohio business that supplied the items.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dayton says the roommates became infested with bedbugs after renting a couch, loveseat, lamps and tables from a Rent-A-Center. The lawsuit says they immediately developed red bumps from bug bites after moving the furniture into their home in February.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the lawsuit alleges the Rent-A-Center was negligent and caused emotional distress. It says the roommates had to hire an exterminator and get rid of possessions.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial.

Xavier Dominicis (ZAY'-vyur dahm-uh-NEE'-ceez), a spokesman for Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center, would not comment on pending litigation but says the company has policies to guard against bedbugs.