A class action has been certified in Iowa against a lower-income apartment complex by about 300 residents. According to the Des Moines Register article the plaintiffs assert a claim for "back rent, lost property and other hardships because of a bedbug problem stretching back to late 2007." Bed bugs are brought in by a tenant and when discovered the landlord is required to treat the infected areas of the building. Costs can be upwards of $1,000 per apartment. Treatment is by chemical or 120-degree heat. Companies that manage large complexes are checking for bedbugs at the end of a tenant's lease. The check is made with dogs
that sniff out their presence by smelling pheromones the bedbugs give off. For more information about bedbugs go to www.badbedbugs.com
Docket Number: 05771 CVCV008116
Caption Title: Residents of Elsie Mason Manor vs First Baptist Housing
Filing Date: March 15, 2010
Jeff Lipman for the Plaintiffs.
Attorney for Defendants, Mark L. Tripp of the Bradshaw Law Firm and Kevin Driscoll.
Judge Joel Novak ruling in the class certification.
Des Moines Register, Jeff Eckhoff reporting, Judge allows class action lawsuit in apartment bedbug case, November 11, 2011
The High Cost of Bedbugs, NY Times, July 10, 2009
Sleeping With the Enemy (Bed Bugs), Health, July 10, 2009
Elsie Mason Manor & Ligutti Tower Retirement Homes
Location :Des Moines, Iowa Address :430 Grand Ave 50309 Telephone :515-243-8759 Fax :515-243-0188
Owner: First Baptist Housing Foundation