House Study Bill – Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Let's say you find bed bugs in your apartment or the home you're
renting. As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the
bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire
But, that could soon change.
Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental
Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the
area and in turn: bed bugs.
And he says, when it comes to these guys, the worst is yet to
"I don't think they're as big a problem now as they're going to
be," said Porter.
So he's supporting a bill in the IA House that would
require renters to report a bed bug infestation within a certain
amount of time or be forced to pay the full extermination
"People are responsible for their actions and their behaviors.
If you bring bed bugs, we're going to expect that you number one
cooperate with us, and two, you're going to foot the bill to get
rid of these things," said Porter.
The biggest problem is the sheer nature of the bed bugs. You
see, they're hitchhiker insects, which means, they spread and
Siouxland District Health's Michelle Clausen Rosendahl said, "It
can be very hard to determine who should be responsible for taking
care of them and usually we encourage both parties to carry some
No vote has been made at this time on the bill.
And remember, a bed bug infestation spreads quickly, so
report them to your local health department as soon as you see