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Tenant alleges Baytown apartment manager never remedied bed bugs hazard


By Carrie Bradon | Oct 16, 2019

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HOUSTON — A tenant is suing a Baytown apartment manager, alleging his apartment unit had bed bugs and nothing was done to remedy the situation.

Micheal Pratt filed a complaint Sept. 4 in Harris County District Court against BCH Marina Club LLC also known as Marina Club of Baytown, Nitya Capital LLC & Karya Property Management LLC, alleging violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, fraud, breach of warranty and breach of contract.

According to the complaint, Pratt entered a one-year lease agreement Oct. 1, 2017, to rent a property owned by the defendants at 1200 Missouri St., Apartment 614, Baytown. The agreement that would end Oct. 1, 2018. 

Pratt alleges he discovered Oct. 3, 2017, that his unit had a bed bug infestation and made requests to Marina Club of Baytown to remedy the situation. The defendant allegedly told the plaintiff to sort out the infestation on his own, but Pratt's efforts were unsuccessful. The plaintiff said he continued to request help to manage the infestation but the requests were ignored. 

The plaintiff alleges he had to visit the doctor on multiple occasions due to bug bites that he had sustained and had to spend additional money replacing his possessions due to their becoming infested. The suit states the defendants' failure to address the situation was a violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Pratt seeks trial by jury, attorney fees, court costs, interest and all other just relief. He is represented by attorneys Marrick Armstrong, Amber M. Boyd and Brock Neiderhofer of Stephens, Reed & Armstrong PLLC in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-63248

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