Some Renters Could Have To Sign Bed Bug Pact
WBNS-TV (OH): Some Renters Could Have To Sign Bed Bug Pact
Friday, June 3, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Renters in central
Ohio could see a new clause in their rental agreements, as
some landlords are now making their tenants sign a bed bug pact
when they move into a residence, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported on
Backed by the Columbus Apartment Association, some renters have
received what is called a Pest Management Plan that requires them
to take certain steps that help fight the spread bed bugs.
The plan requires them to wrap their mattresses in vinyl, keep
pet food in sealed containers, vacuum regularly and inspect used
furniture or clothing before moving them into the premises.
Failing to do so could result in eviction, Landers reported.
Attorney Robert Goldstein said landlords are within their rights
to put the clause to their leases.
"In general I think it is the landlord (who) has a duty and an
obligation to keep the property and the premises insect free,"
However, the contract also states that if a tenant moves out,
and bed bugs are found in their residence, then they could still be
charged for the cleanup. Goldstein said he expects that
portion of the contract to be challenged.
"That may be tough for them to enforce," he said.
And what happens if a neighbor's bed bugs infect other
"If there is more than one unit, and there is an infestation in
more than one unit, then it's the landlord's responsibility,"
Greg Kerr has lived in a Reynoldsburg apartment for seven
years. His home has been bed bug free, and he hopes the pact
helps it stay that way.
"Personally I feel that we take good care of our residence," he
said, "but you always have to worry about the guy next door."
Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional