*Man! Its bad enough some folks live in residences where they can’t feel safe due to circumstances beyond their control outside. What with all the gangs, robberies, etc.
There is a great deal of legitimate fear when ever a child is sent out to play or whenever they it comes to running errands after night falls. But add to that living in an apartment or house where pests exist in overwhelming numbers.
Keeping it one-hundred, ANY home can host a spider or two. You might see a sparse bug here or there; or even some other ungodly little pest the dog trails in, but that’s not what this article is about. Its about living in this filth and being afraid to complain about the mice and roaches because your slumlord may threaten you with eviction or even worse, deportation.
Now we know such retaliation is illegal (and so is the condition), but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I have personally witnessed the ire of one landlord, who raised a friends rent $300 after she complained to the city about this same issue.
And if you live in an area where there is no rent control, which in and of itself is a dying code, it can be a very complicated situation due to the excessive greed in the real estate market.
According to the Miami Herald, one Fresno, California family faces this problem. Their house is crawling with pests and family patriarch, Luis Decubas, even keeps a tightly rolled package of…wait for it…17 mice in his freezer, as proof of how contaminated the three-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife and four children in southeast Fresno is.
Yuck! I know.
And listen to this. The pub reports the family even feels cockroaches “tickling the inside of their ears” when they wake up in the middle of the night.
Watch the video report on this at EURThisNthat.