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Tenants Battle Landlords Over Homes Crawling With Bed Bugs

KIROTV.COM - An infestation of bed bugs have some Seattle renters feeling helpless and vulnerable, and as KIRO 7 Consumer Investigator David Quinlan reports, the bed bug epidemic is becoming especially difficult for the city's low income residents.

Joe West of Seattle considers himself a tidy person. But when bed bugs invaded his subsidized apartment, he felt dirty."

So one night I looked and they were crawling up my feet. The problem in this building has been going for more than a year," said West.West had bites on his legs, arms and chest.

The infestation got so bad that he had to sleep in his bathtub for three months. "I thought I was the only person in the world who had to sleep in their bathtub to escape bed bugs. "West says other tenants in his building had similar issues and claims the building management just ignored the problem.

He even shot home video of the bugs he caught in his apartment.Mark Chattin with the Legal Action Center in Seattle represents tenants in landlord tenant disputes.

"We got numerous cases where clients are complaining about the infestation and can't get the landlord to start treatment," said Chattin.

He calls the bed bug problem an epidemic and says unfortunately low income residents are the most vulnerable.

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