Bed bugs and land contracts

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Hi fellow investors. I am seeking advice about bed bugs. I have a SFR rental and my tenants moved out without notice and handed the neighbors the keys. They told them it has bedbugs (brought in by the tenants). The neighbors are going crazy and his wife has OCD and we are really having problems. After much research, many calls to Ohio Health Dept., my attorney, and many sites on bed bugs, I have offered to pay for treatment up to $800. I have no liability, but I am trying to keep the peace in the neighborhood and have an ally instead of a foe as a neighbor. I can get treated for $500, but they want their home heat treated. I offered to cover $800 out of potentially $1,200. Do you feel I have any obligation to assist and what would you do in a similar situation? Just trying to feel this out.

Also, I am purchasing a house and a mobile home on two side by side lots--no, this didn't discourage me from investing--and I am looking for a land contract in Ohio.   Does anyone have a form that they use? I will run it through an attorney before I use it. 

I appreciate any comments, suggestions, etc.   Hope no one else is experiencing these type of headaches!

@Anthony Polcyn

We are talking about two separate - like by 10 - 30 ft (or more) - houses?  Unless folks, or animals, were regularly visiting between the two houses or the were sharing blankets, the bedbugs are quite unlikely to make the migration from one house to the next.  When you have a multi-unit building, or row houses, the bugs have no issues crawling under a wall, but I've not heard of them moving between SFHs on their own.

BTW:  It would be inadvisable to enter into a land contract with bed bugs ... or even for bed bugs.

Originally posted by @Roy N. :

@Anthony Polcyn

We are talking about two separate - like by 10 - 30 ft (or more) - houses?  Unless folks, or animals, were regularly visiting between the two houses or the were sharing blankets, the bedbugs are quite unlikely to make the migration from one house to the next.  When you have a multi-unit building, or row houses, the bugs have no issues crawling under a wall, but I've not heard of them moving between SFHs on their own.

BTW:  It would be inadvisable to enter into a land contract with bed bugs ... or even for bed bugs.

Roy

Land contract is a total separate piece of real estate--no bed bugs there!

I think the neighbors are ok for now.  She is going to be a thorn in my side with future tenants, I am sure.

Originally posted by @Matt Clark :

@Anthony Polcyn, your single family rental has bed bugs from the previous tenants... how do the neighbors figure into the equation?  Or am I confused?

Are there some details missing?

 They think the bed bugs migrated to their place. She has OCD and panic attacks. 

I think you could say with certainty that the bedbugs didn't go spreading through the neighborhood. 

Sounds like the neighbor will probably continue to "bug" you, but just don't let her rattle you. When she doesn't get a reaction from you she will probably start focusing her attention elsewhere. Or at least we hope so!