JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has ruled that an apartment owner must return rent paid by a tenant whose apartment allegedly had bed bugs.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Wednesday that the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District upheld a trial court decision that requires apartment owner DeVille I Properties LLC to refund the $405 per month rent.
The three-judge appeals court panel concluded the company did not do enough to make an apartment habitable after being notified of a potential bed bug infestation.
The apartment company called a pest control company, which did not find evidence of bed bugs. The pest company still sprayed the apartment once to kill beg bugs. But the pest company says killing bed bugs requires two to four sprayings.
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