City To Go After Landlords Who Ignore Bedbugs
The Huffington Post
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
In New York City, bedbugs are nothing to worry about. That is,
unless you visit department stores,movie
theaters, hospitals, Lincoln Center, the Wall
Street Journal offices or any of the numerous apartments
housing the bloodsucking creatures.
But perhaps those too afraid to cower under their covers can
find some solace in the city's lateststrategy to combat
From the New York Post:
The City Council and Bloomberg administration officials
will announce stepped-up rules today targeting landlords who
neglect bedbug problems in their buildings.
Under the new rules -- which take effect immediately -- building
owners must inspect and treat apartments next to, above and below
any unit that has bedbugs. They also must notify all tenants when
bedbugs have been detected and distribute a plan on eradicating
Property owners who repeatedly ignore bedbug issues will have to
get a licensed exterminator to fill out a sworn affidavit affirming
that the infestation has been dealt with. Landlords can now also
face fines from the Department of Health if they continue to do
nothing to eliminate bedbugs.
"We're sending the message that we're taking this
seriously," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. "People
are very nervous about bedbugs."
According to experts, 2011 will be a banner year for the pests,
as infestations are expected to increase significantly.