Petition gaining signatures after tenants complain about bugs


by Adam Walser

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 2 at 6:47 PM

People living in a South Louisville apartment complex say their homes are full of bedbugs and other pests.

They're now circulating a petition trying to get the owner to clean up the mess.

But the complex's maintenance supervisor tells us the problems stem from the tenant's own actions.

WHAS11 first told you about the issue Sunday when Jesse and Jaqueline Evans hung a sign outside their home saying "this apartment complex has bugs."

Since then, they've been busy collecting signatures from other residents reporting problems.

By Monday afternoon, that list grew to more than four dozen names.

The sign has only been up for a day, but it's already getting noticed by the manager of Brookview Apartments.

“They came this morning and woke me up and said that if I didn't remove my sign in 15 minutes, then they were going to remove it,” said Jesse Evans.

But the sign was still standing by late this afternoon and a petition designed to get the attention of the owner, River City Properties, now has 50 names on it and a long list of problems residents say they've had.

The list includes the words “mice, bugs, mold, and roaches”

Jesse and Jaqueline Evans say they made the sign after spending months dealing with bedbugs in their apartment.

Bedbugs they say have caused them to wrap their clothes in plastic bags and move into their living room.

Upstairs, in a nearby unit, Zachary Costantino says he's also had problems with bugs.

He says when he tried to shampoo them out of his carpet, blue dye from the carpet got sucked up.

In another nearby apartment, Jesse says there's black mold and a potentially dangerous wiring issue.

WHAS11 saw an I.P.L.  inspector at the complex when we were there Monday.

Three weeks ago, the same inspector confirmed a pest infestation and other problems the apartment complex only has a week left to fix.

What would make the Evans' happy?

"I think everyone should get their security deposit back. get something to help them move and if they've had this bug infestation, they need to have some help in getting new furniture because they can't take it with them," said Evans.

The maintenance manager for the apartment complex called WHAS11 late Monday afternoon and told us he believes the Evans' caused the problem  by bringing in the bedbugs.

We also heard from residents of two other complexes owned by the same company who had complaints about bedbugs and maintenance issues.

He told us he was not familiar with those cases, but that the company operates a 24 hour hot line line allowing residents to make management aware of any issues.