Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Bed Bug Laws

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Bed Bug Laws

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With the recent uprising of bed bug infestations in the United States, several states have introduced legislation to mitigate this pest. Currently there are some states with laws already enacted to address this problem. Recently, state-wide legislation was passed in Maine, New Jersey and New York.

The Law in New York only pertains to areas within New York City, although there are plans to introduce similar legislation that would apply to the whole state. Former New York state Governor David Paterson signed this bed bug legislation in late August, 2010; it decrees that landlords must disclose any history of bed bugs in a building within the preceding year to prospective tenants. In 2009 there were 11,000 reported bed bug complaints in the city.

The law in Maine was signed into law in March 2010 and took effect July 12, 2010. This law requires landlords to disclose existing or past problems with the bugs, but also addresses how and who will pay for the remedy of the pests. Landlords are required to pay for the extermination of bed bugs if detected; however, if tenants do not cooperate with the extermination efforts, the tenant could then be held responsible for subsequent treatment costs.

New Jersey passed a state-wide bed bug law in early February of 2010. This bill states that landlords of multiple-dwelling units must provide pamphlets to tenants and other information on bed bugs and preventative methods. Landlords must have bed bug infestations exterminated directly after learning about them. …

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