Tenants Could Face Eviction Over Bed Bugs
NECN.com (Boston, MA)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
ELKHART, IN (Associated Press) - Residents of a northern Indiana
apartment complex could face eviction if they don't do their part
to help control bedbugs under a new policy implemented by housing
The Elkhart Housing Authority says some residents at the Waterfall
Highrise complex have not been cooperating with efforts to
eradicate the pests, which can infiltrate beds and furniture and
leave occupants with bites. More than a dozen units at the complex
have bedbug issues, said Kim Sindle, executive director of the
"We're just dealing with people who have been difficult," Sindle
told The Elkhart Truth.
Tenants are required to move furniture from the walls when
exterminators arrive and follow guidelines for cleaning clothing
and bedding, but many haven't followed through, Sindle said. Under
the new policy, a tenant who is written up three times for
violating the bedbug protocol can receive an eviction notice.
Sindle said he has "no doubt" that someone will face eviction over
Housing authority officials have used a bedbug-sniffing dog as part
of their campaign to get rid of the insect. They also have sent
employees for formal training in extermination and spent $20,000 on
special heat treatments of heavily affected units.
Another housing authority complex, Rosedale Highrise, has had more
success eliminating bedbugs, Sindle noted.
"We've been working hard on this and it's not lack of effort on our
part," Sindle said.
Waterfall tenant Larry Milliken said he has had to get rid of a
sofa because of an infestation and had a loveseat that received a
heat treatment after a bedbug was discovered.
He said his daughter refuses to visit him because she worries
she'll inadvertently carry a bedbug home and wind up with her own
Though he hasn't noticed any bites lately, he said other tenants
"It's a never-ending problem we have here," Milliken said.