1. Send a certified letter asking your landlord to remedy the bed bug condition within 30 days. You must have written proof that you notified the landlord.
2. If the landlord refuses to hire a licensed exterminator, call one of the numbers below. Ask if complaints existed before you moved in; if so, you can argue that you didn’t case the problem, and that landlord should have known about the issue.
||Columbus Code Enforement: 3-1-1
Request a confirmation number.
||City Office (614) 431 – 2424
||Franklin County Public Health (614) 525 – 3160
(outside Columbus or Worthington)
||Contact your local county health department.
You may also want to call the Better Business Bureau at (614) 486 – 6336.
3. Research. Ask your neighbors – if 10 percent or more of the apartments are infested, Columbus Code Enforcement and Franklin County Public Health can compel the landlord to hire an exterminator.