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Stressed-out tenant says his apartment has been treated for cockroaches 18 times in 18 months

A Toronto man says he’s being driven to distraction by a problem that’s familiar to many apartment dwellers in Toronto: cockroaches.

But Kyle Iannuzzi says this isn’t just any pest problem. It’s so bad, he says, he’s had to have his one-bedroom apartment treated 18 times in 18 months. 

He says his problem began the day he moved in. Since then, he says, he routinely sees roaches, ranging from babies to centimetre-and-a-half-long adults.

“I’ve made a couple of doctors appointments to deal with the stress,” he told CBC Toronto. “Some of my closest friends would tell you that they’ve seen a mental health decline. I do suffer from PTSD and this is very triggering for the anxiety that I have.”

He says before exterminators fumigate his apartment, he has to pack all his belongings in the middle of his one-bedroom, seventh floor unit on Isabella Street near Jarvis Street in the city’s downtown.

CBC Toronto has asked the property manager at 105 Isabella for comment but  so far the company has not returned calls.

“I have to pull the couch away from the walls, I have to pull everything two feet from the walls, so it’s a total apartment pack-up, like you’re moving, and I’ve been through that 10 or 11 times now, since moving in 18 months ago,” he said.

On seven other occasions, exterminators injected a gel into cracks, he says, which is less invasive.

He said he’s complained to building management and the city, but neither has solved the problem.

Iannuzzi says that while the city has ordered the landlord to fix the problem, that order doesn’t appear to mean ridding the apartment of roaches, once and for all. Simply sprayingthe unit seems to satisfy the city, he says.

Read more: Stressed-out tenant says his apartment has been treated for cockroaches 18 times in 18 months

First published at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/stressed-out-tenant-says-his-apartment-has-been-treated-cockroaches-18-times-18-months

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