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bed bugs in fruniture

(Euclid, Ohio)

Can you sue a furniture store if the furniture is infested with bedbugs. I have been bitten.

Can a landlord ask you to move because of something like this.

Editor Comment:

It may be possible to sue a furniture store if the furniture they sold you is infested with bed bugs, but it would depend on the specific circumstances and laws in your jurisdiction. The store may be held liable if they were aware of the bed bug infestation and failed to disclose it or if they sold you furniture that they knew or should have known was infested. If the store can be proven to be negligent in their actions, you may be able to recover damages for the cost of extermination, lost income and any other losses that you incurred as a result of the infestation. Additionally, you may also be able to recover for any physical and emotional distress caused by the infestation. It would be best to speak with a lawyer to understand your rights and options.

Regarding your rights as a tenant In Ohio, landlord-tenant laws do not specifically address bed bugs and other insect infestations. However, tenants have the legal right to live in a safe and habitable environment, which includes being free from bed bugs and other pests. Landlords also have the responsibility to protect their property from infestations. If a tenant discovers bed bugs in their rental unit, they should contact their landlord immediately and follow these steps:

Do not disturb the bed bugs or their evidence in any way.

If possible, close off the area where the bed bugs were found.

Do not attempt to treat the infestation with DIY methods.

Once a landlord is notified of a bed bug infestation, they are typically responsible for hiring a professional to treat the problem. They may also inspect and treat adjacent units and common areas. However, if the infestation is deemed to have been brought in by the tenant, such as through a family member or friend, the tenant may be financially responsible for treatment. It can be difficult to determine the origin of the infestation, but an inspection may help. It is in the best interest of both the landlord and tenant to address the problem quickly to prevent it from becoming worse or spreading to other units.

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