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Bed bugs and tenants
Tue Dec 15, 2009 16:15
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I am on the board of an 80 unit coop in Queens. We have a bedbug problem in one area of the building that we are trying to get under control

The problem is 2 elderly rent controlled tenants living in sponsor owned units. We have confirmed that both apartments are infested but the tenants will not cooperate. The apartments are cluttered and the tenants are not capable of doing the extermination prep themselves and don't want to let anyone in to do it for them.


Do we have recourse to force them? Does the sponsor who owns the units? Is there anything we can do short of draqging the tenants into court to make them cooperate?

This is a dire situation, the shareholders that own the adjacent apartments have had infestations and spent thousands on extermination but they are stil at risk until we can get these 2 units clean. Any lead on resources would be appreciated

    • money al, Mon Dec 21 14:53
      the landlord aka coop board has the right ot enter where there is an infestaiton. you must enter and remedy. also, firstly, you can threatend to send the bill to the tenant for all the costs to the... more
      • bed bugs Mike, Tue Dec 22 16:58
        In regards to trying to get access to have elderly people's apartments inspected for bed bugs, I would suggest you make contact with their immediate family members. I have many cases like this and I... more
    • make cooperation look attractive C/CS, Wed Dec 16 07:38
      "Make them cooperate" is an interesting phrase. Clearly, you hope to make them WANT to cooperate. Involving the sponsor could be useful, but not if you're just passing the hammer & hoping he'll make... more
      • Bed Bugs/Healt issue VP, Thu Dec 17 10:08
        Bed Bugs are a health issue, they do spread disease, and the Board is responsible for protecting the Shareholders. Report them to the Health Department. Call 311 They will come to the Building. Since ... more
        • 311 RLM, Fri Dec 18 03:40
          Great.... with all those 311 calls, you've now not only involved a city agency with your co-op workings, your building will have a record with it for any prospective (or not!) shareholder. A... more
          • Bed Bugs, Mayo Clinic opinion VP, Sun Dec 20 07:46
            Please note the advice to Call your Doctor.VP Symptoms By Mayo Clinic staff Bedbug bites It can be difficult to distinguish bedbug bites from other insect bites. In general, the sites of bedbug bites ... more
        • I'm not pro-bedbugs, but... Anonymous, Thu Dec 17 10:27
          ...it would be helpful if more people checked facts before spreading rumors, which is 1 reason the New York condo & co-op community is so ripe for scams, fraud, & general over-reaction to the... more
          • Re: I'm not pro-bedbugs, but... Anonymous, Fri Dec 18 09:15
            As Anonymous said, the Harvard report states that "bedbugs are not known to transmit any infectious agents" but I have read reports by health agencies stating that bedbugs can cause health issues.... more
            • Bedbugs and the elderly BP, Fri Dec 18 09:34
              SORRY - MY POSTING GOT "SENT" BEFORE I COULD FINISH OR ENTER MY NAME. I AM NOT "ANONYMOUS" - I AM "BP". I'VE COPIED MY POSTING HERE SO I CAN COMPLETE IT. As Anonymous said, the Harvard report states... more
              • Bedbugs and the elderly JB, Mon Dec 21 08:11
                Unless the elderly couple is suffering from an early stage dementia or some other form of mental debilitation -- which case the humane and proper thing to do is to the Dept for the Aging, which sends ... more
                • Clarification about the elderly BP, Mon Dec 21 09:11
                  JB - just to clarify my posting... I agree with you that the elderly have the same responsibilities to their building and neighbors as any other residents. But I wasn't making excuses for them, and I ... more
                  • About the eldery JB, Mon Dec 21 13:55
                    I've got several uncles and aunts in their 80s who behave like they're in the 50s and 60s, and a friend in his 70s who acts like he's still in his 20s. With normal health, an older person isn't any... more
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