Moving into a new apartment can be an exciting experience. However, that excitement can wane if you discover that you are sharing your apartment with bed bugs. Determining whether Harbor Group Apartment Management is responsible for your bed bug infestation can help you pursue compensation for any injuries that you may have sustained. If you or a family member discovered a bed bug infestation in an apartment managed by Harbor Group, you should consult with an experienced Maryland bed bug lawyer.
At Whitney, LLP, our bed bug litigation lawyers can help you file a claim against a negligent landlord that refuses to properly service their properties. Our firm believes that every person is entitled to live in a home that is free from a hazardous insect infestation. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.
Inspecting an Apartment for Bed Bugs
Before you sign a lease to move into a new apartment, you should perform an inspection to ensure the property is fit for you and your family. This should include looking for signs of bed bugs, or other insect infestations like termites. However, we understand that it is not always possible to identify the existence of an infestation if you are unsure where to look. Additionally, it may be hard to discover bed bugs when looking at an empty apartment that is devoid of the many furniture-related hiding spots that bed bugs enjoy.
The following is a list of areas where bed bugs may hide.
Mattresses are the most popular hiding spot for bed bugs likely because of how easy it is to emerge at night to feed on a person’s blood. The first part of the mattress you should check is your sheets. If you observe dark brown or reddish spots on your sheets, this can be crushed bed bugs or drops of blood from when you were bitten.
Next, make sure to check the corners and folds of the bed. Bed bugs typically hide in these areas as they try to avoid daylight. Also, if you have a headboard Do not forget to flip your mattress and inspect the box springs as well.
Upholstered furniture can be a hotspot for bed bugs if you have an infestation. Unlike wooden furniture, upholstered furniture has many folds and crevices that bed bugs can use to hide from sunlight. This type of furniture can also make it easier to feed if an unsuspecting person sits on a chair infested with bed bugs.
Cracks and Crevices in the Walls
Bed bugs can easily migrate throughout a building if they enough access points to move about. As these insects are extremely tiny, they can fit through cracks and crevices in a building to reach multiple apartments in a complex. The prevalence of a bed bug infestation can also play a role in determining liability for the costs of extermination.
To learn more about bed bug infestations and liability for an infestation, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Maryland bed bug bite lawyer.
Liability for a Bed Bug Infestation in Maryland
There are multiple factors that can determine liability for a bed bug infestation. In Maryland, a landlord is liable for an infestation if the bed bugs occupied the premises before a tenant moved into the apartment. However, the laws regarding bed bug infestations in Maryland can change from county to county. Our firm can help you determine which set of laws applies to your situation.
If you are a tenant of Harbor Group Apartment Management and you discover that your apartment is the only one in the complex with bed bugs, the landlord may attempt to blame you for the infestation. However, if you reside in a complex where multiple units are struggling with a bed bug infestation, your landlord will be liable for the costs of extermination. Additionally, your landlord may also be responsible for introducing safety measures that decrease the likelihood of an insect infestation.
Your landlord’s actions can be in violation of several different laws, and our firm is ready to guide you through those legal actions.
Our Maryland Bed Bug Litigation Attorneys Want to Work with You
If you or a family member was a victim of a serious bed bug infestation in a property owned by Harbor Group Apartment Management, you should contact an experienced Maryland bed bug litigation attorney today. The bed bug infestation attorneys at Whitney, LLP possess decades of experience litigating bed bug lawsuits for residents throughout the State of Baltimore, and we would be proud to represent you. You do not have to deal with the consequences of a bed bug infestation alone, contact Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 for a free legal consultation.