A Concord slumlord was put on notice today as tenants of the 48 unit Rosemont apartment complex organized by Tenants Together, filed suit because of a bed bug infestation and other substandard housing conditions at 1431 Monument Blvd, in Concord CA.
“These bed bugs are eating our clients alive,” commented attorney Steve McDonald of the tenant law firm Greenstein & McDonald, who is co-counseling the case with Leah Simon-Weisberg, Legal Director of Tenants Together.
Concord slumlord ignores bed bug infestation
Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights, has been working for months with tenants in numerous buildings in Concord where landlords are allowing bed bug infestations to persist. Tenants are regularly bitten as they try to sleep, resulting in bites, rashes, and sleep deprivation, among other impacts. Despite requests for abatement, the problem persists.
Carmen LaRosa (see nearby image of bed bug bites on her forearm bites), a long-term tenant of the Rosemont complex, commented: “We are tired of being ignored. We have lost thousands of dollars of furniture, and we can’t sleep at night because of these bed bugs. The landlord needs to do something.”
According to organizer Guillermo Elenes of Tenants Together, “These bed bugs are a horrible problem for families. Landlords who callously let their tenants suffer and refuse to take action deserve to be sued.” Elenes explained that they followed every path prior to the law suit. “We talked to the landlord, we talked to the City of Concord, we talked Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, who all said there hands were tied, that it is a tenant landlord issue.”
Tenants Together hosts monthly clinics in Concord where tenants can come to learn about their rights and get help. Tenants Together also runs a free renters’ rights hotline that can be reached at 1.888.495.8020.