Bed bug infestation resolved at Ponoka apartment building

A bed bug infestation at Chipman Apartments, located on 50 Ave. in Ponoka, has been resolved after a second fumigation.

Tenant Monica Fraraccio was initially quite concerned, and stayed in a motel for eight or nine days, but is now satisfied the problem has been taken care of.

“The fumigator came back a second time and nothing was found the second time around,” she said.

Fraraccio added that she gave the receipts of her expenses to PTK Investments, a group of seven landlords that manages the property and is being reimbursed.

“I feel good, because it’s all been taken care of.”

When contacted on July 28, PTK Investments confirmed the infestation had been dealt with.

The exterminator had been to the building twice, and the whole building has been sprayed. Management was there for a full day doing clean up and a couple of infested couches were removed.

Landlord and tenant disputes can be common and it isn’t always easy to get help if either party isn’t being agreeable.

Tenant and landlords involved in a dispute can apply to the Residential Tenancy Resolution Service (RTDS).

To apply, email rtdrs@gov.ab.ca or call 310-0000, then dial 780-644-3000.

Protections are in place for renters facing financial hardships due to COVID-19, though the requirement for landlords and tenants to work together to develop payment plans ends on Aug. 14.

For more information, visit www.alberta.ca/residential-tenancy-dispute-resolution-service.

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