Senior citizen's battle over bed bugs headed to trial - KCTV5

Senior citizen's battle over bed bugs headed to trial

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A senior citizen's battle over bed bugs is now headed to trial.

Virginia Dale shared her story on KCTV5 News back in September after complaining about bed bugs for years. Exterminators have sprayed, but the bugs are still there. The landlord says she’s the problem and needs to move out.

Dale, 68, has lived at Martin Luther King Apartments for eight years. The bed bugs moved in five years ago. She tried to treat the problem herself, but then finally complained to management.

“The bugs would be gone for maybe two or three months, and then they'd be back,” Dale said back in September. “So, I'd call again. Then I'd call again. ‘Them bugs are back. Well, what are you doing?’”

The apartment complex treated bed bugs five times in 2014, three times in 2015 and twice in 2016.

Dale said the apartment complex can’t get rid of the bed bugs, so they’ve decided to get rid of her and are claiming she’s the problem.

Martin Luther King Village Apartments paid thousands of dollars for treatments, but the bugs are still there. The management company says Dale didn't follow the exterminator's advice.

A letter mailed to Dale states that she failed to keep her unit in a neat and sanitary condition.

"You were advised to remove and clean bedding, clothing and furniture. You failed to do so. Your failure to clean is the source of the continued problem with bed bugs in your unit," the management company said in the letter.

Dale said that's not true, and she wants to stay in her apartment.

The manager and the lawyer representing the apartment complex both declined to speak to KCTV5 News on camera, but say they stand by the letter they sent to Dale informing her she needs to move out.

A court date was set Thursday morning. KCTV5 will keep you posted on the case.

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