Condo Association Sues Resident Over Bedbug Problem

by Chicago Agent

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Bedbugs continue to be a growing problem in Chicago, one of the top five infested cities in the country. One particular North side condominium is especially having difficulties eradicating the pesky creature.

Park Tower Condominium Association alleges that one of their tenants, Sandra L. Gold, at 5415 N. Sheridan Rd. has “failed and refused” to cooperate with their exterminator. The Association is now suing the resident in Cook County Circut Court, claiming her unit contains more than 500 bedbugs, a problem that threatens the safety and health of other residents.
In the suit, the association claims Gold has not followed protocols put in place to eliminate the bed bug problem, including exposing baseboards; emptying dark spaces like closets, dressers, and drawers; as well as stripping beds of linens and box springs. Furthermore, the association decided to file the lawsuit after city officials started applying pressure and claiming that the bedbug problem violates Chicago’s municipal code.
Bedbug problems typically arise following international travel. That is not the case with Gold. She recently returned to her home in Park Tower after recovering from an injury and staying in a nursing home.
When asked for her comment by ChicagoRealEstateDaily.com, Gold refused to comment, directing any questions to her lawyer Ralph Schindler.
This isn’t the first time a bedbug lawsuit has been filed with the court, according to Levenfeld Pearlstein attorney Howard S. Dakoff. While taking the case to court is rare, Dakoff does receive calls from managers with similar problems.
Residential buildings are not the only places bedbugs have been found throughout Chicago. Bedbugs have been found in busy offices, including 10 S. Dearborn St., Chase Tower, CPS headquarters, as well as 125 S. Clark St.

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