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Faika Shaaban started itching the same day she moved into her new apartment in Annapolis, Maryland, in September 2011. Later that day, she noticed a rash. Soon, her body was covered with hundreds of painful bites, scabs, and welts, all from the bedbugs she didn't even know were all over her home.

She asked her landlord, Cornelius J. Barrett, what could be causing the horrible rash, and he allegedly told her that he had no idea. It wasn't until months later, when she went to county housing officials to try to find a new place to live, that she learned that the bites were from bedbugs.

Last week, a Maryland court ruled that Barrett had known about the bedbug infestation all along

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The jury definitely sent a message.

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Bed bugs seem rather hard to control, but I guess it will encourage landlords to take action.

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It wasn't until months later, when she went to county housing officials to try to find a new place to live, that she learned that the bites were from bedbugs.

If I was covered in a red rash I doubt it would have taken me months to find out what was wrong.

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Had bed bugs in the house we rented a few years ago. The came through the walls from the neighbors. When we contacted the HOA they sent someone to look in that house and it was full of bugs. Made them pay for our extermination and bills for cleaning.

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