Articles Tagged with California tenants’ bed bug lawyer

ryan-franco-116991-300x200If you rent an apartment or house in California, then you should be aware of a few new laws that went into effect on January 1. These laws may affect your rights.

The Bed Bug Law, AB 551

This law is important since bed bugs continue to plague rental properties across the country. Bed bugs are more than annoying, their bites can cause severe allergic reactions in people. Unfortunately, bed bugs are not easy to get rid of and treatment is generally much more expensive than a tenant can afford. That is why this new law places the duty upon the landlord to promptly treat and control bed bugs once their presence is established.

Bed bugs continue to plague people across the nation and here in Northern California.  While their bites can cause substantial suffering, ultimately it is hard to blame the bugs themselves; they are just doing what nature tells them to do.  However, far too frequently, people exacerbate the problem and cause, worsen, or prolong infestations through their actions or, often, their inaction.  Attorney Greg Brod, a Northern California bed bug lawyer based in San Francisco, fights for people who have suffered with the pests because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions.  As a recent story reminds us, far too often it is the most vulnerable who suffer the most.  A bed bug lawsuit can ensure their stories are heard and their situation remedied.

Low-Income, Elderly Residents Report Bed Bug Infestation in Stockton

Late last month, The Record reported the story of a bed bug infestation at one of the most recognizable buildings in Stockton.  The Hotel Stockton provides housing to low-income residents, including many seniors coping with disabling health problems.  Revamped in 2004 and currently owned by a private partnership headquartered in Sacramento, the Hotel long-served as a key gathering place for residents of the North-Central California city and even held municipal offices for a time.

bedbugbitesJust the name can make your skin crawl, but clients tell us the reality is far worse than they ever could have imagined.  Bed bugs fall in and out of the headlines, but they remain a very real problem impacting Californians.  The pests do not discriminate, attacking people of all ages, races, classes, and creeds.  In fact, as a recent news report illustrates, they aren’t even confined to beds!  As a bed bug law firm in San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Rosa, The Brod Law Firm helps people who are afflicted with these pests because of someone else’s neglect, such as a tenant coping with repeated infestations because a landlord fails to act responsibly, ignoring the problem entirely or taking ineffective, limited action rather than the swift intervention needed to eradicate the bugs for good.

Bed Bugs Cause Temporary Closure of Palo Alto Library

Last week, per NBC Bay Area, Palo Alto temporarily shuttered one of its public libraries because of a problem more often associated with housing than libraries – bed bugs.  In addition to closing the Mitchell Park Library to treat the pests after they were spotted on two chairs, the city sent bed bug-sniffing dogs to other branches of the library system.  As NBC noted, libraries are actually not unusual spot for bed bugs to hide.  The pests hitch a ride on a borrowed book, moving from one home to the library and potentially the home of another patron.  Increased travel, pesticide resistance, and the use of ineffective pest control practices have all been implicated in the recent spike in infestations.  Contra Costa Health Services denied a rumor blaming the homeless for the library infestation, noting there is no link between cleanliness and the pests although clutter does allow an infestation to grow.