City Council OKs law forcing landlords to reveal if their buildings have bedbugs

When bedbugs bite, tenants will know about it under a bill passed by the City Council Tuesday. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 44-5, will require landlords to disclose bedbug infestations in their buildings, through postings in the building or notices given to tenants with their leases.

They’ll also have to report discovering the bugs to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which will publish the information on its website.
“I have heard from many constituents about the enormous disruption caused by these little unwelcome visitors. The best weapon we have against bedbugs is knowledge,” said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens), the sponsor. Landlords are already required to inform prospective tenants of the building’s history of bedbugs, but don’t have to say anything to current residents.
“I want to assure landlords that there is no need to bug out,” Dromm said. “Bedbugs after all do not distinguish between new and lifelong residents — they’re just out looking for some blood.” But a landlord group slammed the measure.
“This bill will needlessly alarm tenants that would otherwise not have to be concerned or be worried about an infestation in their building. This bill is just more regulation overkill,” said Rent Stabilization Association president Joe Strasburg.
About Guardian Residential Pest Control
Guardian Exterminating Services are dedicated in providing a fast, reliable and professional service to all our customers. Let us take care of your home with our proactive consultancy approach to domestic and residential pest control. All our employees are specially trained to handle the latest scientific techniques; we are dedicated in the control and elimination of all pests and vermin within the home environment.
Interior and perimeter treatments are provided with flexible scheduling arranged to ensure your satisfaction. Why not ask about our four-season service that provides assurance of a pest-free healthy home, year-round?
We understand the need for an emergency response at times so we will always endeavor to provide this service for you. Additionally, feel free to phone one of our ESA Qualified Technicians if you have any questions regarding pest control and prevention 7 days a week / 365 day of the year. All our employees are enthusiastic, committed and polite.
All we require from you is the details of the infestation and we will dispatch a technician qualified in that specific field as soon as possible. All our customers will receive assessments detailing what, if any, poisons have been laid and that we have adhered to the strictest health and safety regulations.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-law-forces-nyc-landlords-reveal-buildings-bedbugs-article-1.3100837 

Source: Blogspot