Family awarded more than $90,000 for bedbug infested apartment

by Kirsten VanderJagt |

A Baltimore landlord must pay more than $90,000 to a family after they briefly moved into an apartment infested with bedbugs, a jury ruled last week.

The decision Friday against the landlord, K.S.A. Investments, includes $18,000 in compensatory damages and $72,525 in punitive damages.

Daniel W. Whitney, an attorney at Towson-based Whitney & Bogris, said the family moved into an apartment in 2013 that had been treated for bedbugs several days before. They found bedbugs still in the apartment their first night there. Even after the apartment was sprayed with pesticides the next day, the infestation remained.

Representatives for Baltimore-based K.S.A. Investments could not be reached for comment. Whitney, who has represented clients in previous bedbug cases, said it is believed to be the largest such verdict in Baltimore.