Tenants Forced Out of Apartment by Bedbug Condition
LVT Number: #24627
Former tenant roommates sued landlord in small claims court for return of the security deposit as well as for damage to their property resulting from a bedbug condition in the apartment. The court ruled for tenants, awarding one $1,986 and the other $2,234. Landlord appealed and won, in part. The awards were reduced to $625 for each tenant. There was ample trial evidence to prove that a bedbug condition made the apartment uninhabitable as of May 23, 2010. Tenants were constructively evicted from the apartment as a result and therefore weren't responsible for rent starting June 1, 2010.