A single mom who’s been living at the Quail Run Apartments for the past eight months has had a horrific bedbug problem. But the question is should she be responsible for the extermination bills?
We’re not just talking a couple of hundred bucks. The bill is for $2,100.
Rosana Khawaja can’t afford it.
“I definitely don’t have that much money. I’m just a student and a single parent,” Khawaja said.
But she said apartment management wants her to foot the bill, for bringing bed bugs into her own home.
“I honestly don’t think I’m responsible for it because I rent an apartment here. I pay for the right to have my apartment clean and in a habitable condition,” said Khawaja.
The lease suggests how to keep the apartment clean and prevent bed bugs from moving it.
“There’s nothing that specifically states that the tenant is responsible for a bill,” Khawaja said.
FOX40 went to the front office and tried to contact apartment managers, but we were told no one was available. By this evening, managers hadn’t called or emailed us back a response.
Khawaja said she’s not the bed bug culprit.
“I’ve never had this problem in any place I’ve lived. I’ve had the same furniture for years now. The same bed, couch, everything,” said Khawaja.
That same furniture which she’s since gotten rid of. She also said the bed bugs didn’t show up until seven months after she moved in.
“My daughter and I were getting bit. We wake up every morning and have bite marks on our arms. I noticed in the middle of the night bugs crawling on my mattress. I can’t sleep at night anymore. I’m so paranoid now because of it. I hope that this can be resolved,” Khawaja said.
Now, management has given her until Oct. 31 as her deadline for paying that bill. She’s not sure what the consequences are if doesn’t. She certainly hopes eviction isn’t one of them.