Brandt Iden Ignored Pleas from Disabled Army Veteran About Bedbug-Infested Building He Managed
Republican State Representative Has Shielded Slumlords from Accountability after Overseeing a Bug- and Roach-Infested Apartment Complex in Lansing
OSHTEMO — State Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo) has made protecting slumlords a top priority while serving in the Legislature. That’s not a surprise, since before Iden started collecting a taxpayer-funded salary, he managed a bedbug- and cockroach-infested apartment complex in Lansing, as reported by WLNS-TV.
The Republican ignored the concerns of residents, including a disabled Army veteran whose “arms and legs are riddled with bug bites.” The city had to shut down the complex riddled with black mold and bugs and residents had to be evacuated. For more on this horror story, visit BedbugBrandtIden.com
It gets worse. Once Iden arrived in the Legislature, he sponsored legislation to help slumlords skirt responsibility. One of the first bills Iden introduced was HB 4520, which would protect slumlords and stick tenants with the bill — even when property owners are responsible for bedbug infestation.
“Nobody should have to live with black mold, cockroaches, and bedbugs. But Brandt Iden didn’t care that children, families, and a disabled Army veteran were living in these squalid conditions in an apartment complex he managed. And once he got to Lansing, he sponsored legislation to shield slumlords and force tenants to pay for the cleanup. Like many Republicans during their past decade in complete control of our state, Iden chose to use the power of his office for personal gain rather than helping the people he serves. That’s not only wrong, it’s become an epidemic under the failed leadership our state has endured for nearly 10 years while Michigan Republicans let our roads, infrastructure, and water systems rot, refuse to take responsibility, and force middle-class families and working people to pick up the tab. Enough is enough,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.