Bed Bugs & Beyond

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Bed Bugs & Beyond

I just found out that one of our clients that we helped rent their investment property just 4 months ago. .  the tenant asked to be released of the lease and moved out.
Apparently they found BED BUGS in the house and after an extensive professional treatment, it seems that they were still not satisfied.

No question asked. .
Never mind the signed lease. .
The Bed Bugs went BEYOND their duties and ruled the contract void.

Never mind that my clients rehabbed the property totally
and they hired a top exterminating company to deal with the bugs when it was at first reported.
The tenants just left and demanded a full release.

We are not property managers, but

The reality is: to be a landlord, you need thick skin and don't let emotional issues mix with a contract signed by two parties. . .

You can be a fair landlord, but don’t  get pushed around like a stepchild.

Over the years I learned  the hard way that there’s a lot of taking, pushing and elbowing from some experienced tenants that are capable to take a new virgin landlord and convert them into a puppet.

If you can not follow this. .you should not be a Landlord

No Pay? - No Stay
No Job? - No Stay
Got Sick - No Stay
My car broke down- No Stay
My daughter is pregnant - No Stay
My paycheck bounced - No Stay
I can only pay you half a month - No Stay
My dog was put to sleep. . sleep somewhere else . -No Stay

“Bed Bugs? . .I will not charge you extra. .but we will have to evict them. .”

The fact is: Your problems are your problems and let theirs be theirs!

Sorry to sound too harsh, but in reality, I'm a very compassionate guy in person.. .but when it comes to money, even if you are a family member, business is business and I transform.

A landlord should have reasonable time and effort to deal with issues that are beyond his control to accommodate tenants.

Is too late now for my clients that remained silent and somewhat embarrassed at the unfloding situation.

Bug Beds & Beyond?
is Beyond my comprehension
If you are not Landlord material. . you should call a professional  property manager to handle your tenants.
We are not one. .but I can direct you to one. . .

My Rental is soon to come. . . .
Bed Bug Special
Find a bug and get $100 off your next rental payment!
Because I’ll make sure we will nuke them before someone else comes in.


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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Bed bugs provide major challenges to landlords and property managers.  

Have a very special Memorial Day weekend, with your camera in hand.

May 25, 2012 11:58 PM #13
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I think (and maybe it is the climate or the sheer population) that bedbugs in recent times are more a problem in big cities on the east coast. At least, that is what I have heard. Yucky.

May 26, 2012 12:00 AM #14
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

The Tenant need do nothing more than get a doctor's note and travel herself to the local courts. I can see a Judge and jury showing compassion. Regardless if it's "right."

In Houston our lease mkt is so hot, I'd be happy to let them out. It would allow me to treat the house and everything left in it. Would also allow for a fresh start. When they treat these infested homes they have to treat ALL the contents as well. Might be easier to do this with a vacant home anyways.



May 26, 2012 12:04 AM #15
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Maybe the tenant brought the bed bugs with them. But you are right. No pay no stay. Those are the rules.

May 26, 2012 12:05 AM #16
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fernando, I could not be a landlord and leave that to those who can. Bedbugs are really hard to get rid of because they are so resistant to many poisons and can live for a long period of time without eating. Yikes, they would be anyones nightmare!

May 26, 2012 12:51 AM #17
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Fernando, I bet those people brought the bugs with them. So obviously they wanted out for some other reason and used that as an excuse.

May 26, 2012 12:55 AM #18
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Fernando, Yep I totally agree, you need to be thick skinned to be a landlord. I have a property manager who handles everything which I enjoy. 

May 26, 2012 01:05 AM #19
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

I'm glad I don't live in a big city, bed bugs sound like a real problem. Will also remember not to rent to anyone who just moved here from out of state.

May 26, 2012 01:23 AM #20
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Yikes, Bedbugs are not fun. Being a landlord is sometimes a full time job.

May 26, 2012 04:25 AM #21
Borino - The Real Estate Coach
Borino Productions - Falls Church, VA

Clever title! And an important lesson -- thanks, Ferndando!

May 26, 2012 04:54 AM #22
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Not familiar with them and I don't want to be at all. That sounds so creepy.

May 26, 2012 08:46 AM #23
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Could be the tenants brought the bugs in with their bedding.

May 26, 2012 09:04 AM #24
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Fernando, what a fabulous blog title!  And how do we know that these lovely tenants didn't bring the bedbugs with them? 

May 26, 2012 11:16 AM #25
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Bed bugs are ugh. What is the foolproof nuke strategy that you use ?
May 26, 2012 03:57 PM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Fernando - All I know is I got the creepy crawlies just from reading your title.

May 26, 2012 04:33 PM #27
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Thank you everybody for stopping by. . 

Note for the guys. .

Never write about bugs and expect the girls to come to your blog. 

the strongest ones in AR are above. .thank you ladies! LOL



~parody comment

May 26, 2012 11:14 PM #28
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

hmmm I was wondering if it is a violation of privacy to include a pre-inspection of a new tenants mattresses?


That is going to be another post. . 

May 26, 2012 11:17 PM #29
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I guess it would be hard to prove that the tenants may have been responsible for introducing the bed bugs into the property?


May 27, 2012 12:34 PM #30
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

This is the kind of reason we're going to get out of the business of being landlords.

May 27, 2012 03:19 PM #31
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Bed bugs come from tenants. They do not crawl into apartments...they hitchhike on beds and couches that tenant bring with them.

May 29, 2012 08:53 AM #32
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