HOUSTON – Tenants at an Old Spanish Trail, Houston motel allege a bedbug infestation was not disclosed to them before renting a unit.

Cynthia Epps, individually, Douglas Brown and Cynthia Epps, as next friend of Noah Epps filed a complaint on March 27 in the Harris County District Court against Self Made Inc., doing business as Alamo Plaza Motel, and Larry Criswell alleging that they violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs moved into a unit at the Alamo Plaza Motel in May 2016. They allege they "immediately" noticed bites on their bodies and discovered bedbugs in the unit. They allege they would not have rented the defendants' property had they known of the infestation.

The plaintiffs hold Self Made Inc. and Criswell responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to rent a property in a reasonably safe condition and failed to disclose bedbug activity on the property.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek monetary relief of more than $200,000 but not more than $1 million and such other lawful and equitable relief. They are represented by Tad Rice of The Rice Firm in The Woodlands.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-20738

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