An Abilene woman is claiming she moved into a bedbug infested apartment and now she wants the apartment complex to take financial responsibility for the damages.
Jennifer Hass moved into Las Brisas Apartments on Thursday and says she woke up the next day with her first bug bite. The following day, she had more than 100 bites.
Hass claims she was forced to get rid of three mattresses, a couch and a chair and estimates the losses at well more than $500. She said apartment management was not helpful.
"He told me he didn't think they were bedbugs and i had a fight with him a few days before he actually did something about it," said Hass.
Johnny Downing, the apartment manager, says the apartment did not necessarily have the bug problem before Jennifer moved in but admits that they were there.
"Were there bedbugs? Yes," said Downing via a phone interview.
But Downing said Hass didn't comply with the lease agreement, which states that residents must cooperate fully with the inspection and extermination procedures. He claims she failed to move out some of her furniture.
"It says plainly in her lease that if she doesn't cooperate with us, we can ask her to vacate the premises," said Downing.
Hass said other residents have told her they also had problems with bedbugs and she just wants to be compensated for her troubles.
"I want them to fix the problem, fumigate right, replace everything I've had to throw away. just make it right," said Hass.
She was treated for the bites, but now has a bigger problem. Any of her belongings could transfer the bugs to the next place she moves into.
Her biggest fear right now? "Just finding a place to live," said Hass.