Concerns create rental ruckus
Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5:20PM MDT
A local man is concerned for his health and safety after finding out a suite near his is being used to house the homeless.
Ed Shillington says he thought his apartment building was only for families and he was shocked to find out an apartment near him is rented to the Homeless Housing Society of Calgary for former clients.
Shillington also has health concerns after eight apartments, including his and the one rented by the homeless agency, were recently sprayed for bedbugs.
"These are full treatments where they really spray the beds, the furniture the carpet, the cupboard and all these things need to be de-contaminated before they can be used again so I don't even feel like cooking here anymore, said Shillington.
"Bedbugs are an issue across society and whenever any one of has the misfortune to come close to them it's not comfortable," said David McIlveen from Boardwalk Rental Communities.
Boardwalk says the exterminator's report shows the bedbug infestation did not originate in the apartment rented to the homeless agency.
The Calgary Homeless Foundation says 3700 former clients are renting apartments all over the city and that it is in charge of monitoring and supervising the new renters.