Former residents of an apartment building in Maryland say they were forced out of their homes by bedbugs -- and they want the ex-building owner to pay them $20 million.
One former resident of the Apartments said she slept in a chair for six weeks after bedbugs took over her bed.
"Our legs and feet were swollen. Her chest and the back of her neck was all bit up," her daughter Tonya Stokes, another ex-resident, said.
A maintenance man told residents of the building that the apartments are infested with bed bugs, not just the furniture.
Ex-tenants said the building owner removed furniture, but the apartments were still crawling with bugs.
Everything was totally infested. One resident said the sum is a lot to ask, but she thinks the residents deserve it.
"It’s not the point of what we’re going to get, it’s the point of everyone knowing what was done to us".
She said she has evidence from exterminators that treated the building that bedbugs had been discovered there two years before she moved in.
Current residents of the Apartments told News4 they have not had any problems with the bugs. A representative of the Property declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the company has a strict policy for responding to reports of bedbugs.