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My roommates and I moved into an upscale apartment on August 1 and, within 2 weeks, we found out the building has a bedbug infestation. We had to throw away a whole lot of our stuff (clothes, linens, 1 mattress) and move in with friends for 3 days while they fumigated. We called our insurance company and they don't cover this - can we look to the building owners for this (reduce rent or repay us to replace our stuff?). It's not our fault, it's the owner's.
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Question- did you bring your own mattress or was the place already furnished? If you brought your own, do you think they were just in the carpets or something? sick either way.

I'm not sure that they would be required to pay for your clothes and stuff, though as you really didn't need to throw them out. (I stayed in a hostel in Barbados doing community service and came down with a horrible case of them- you just wash the clothes in hot water)

I feel like they probably would have to reimburse you for the time you had to spend out of the apartment at least.

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Have you moved out or are you planning on staying at the apartment? Depending on your state, you might have grounds to break your lease if the problems continue, since if the living conditions prevent you really living in your apartment (you're having to stay w/friends so many days out of the time you've rented) then you've been constructively evicted, anyway. If you've receipts for the items, you might be able to file a small claims court case. But if you're planning on staying there despite the infestation, it could cause backlash w/the owners later. Remember that you'd get depreciated value for the items, too. Sounds like a huge inconvenience and a shock of a housewarming. Good luck to you.

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