NYC landlords may be forced to disclose bed bugs to renters
By Teri Karush Rogers |May 12, 2010 - 6:10AM
A state assembly member for the Upper West Side and part of Hell’s Kitchen has introduced a bill that would require NYC landlords to tell potential renters about bed bug infestations in the building within the past five years.
The bill is “intended to combat the growing epidemic of bedbugs in New York, which have caused tremendous anguish, anxiety and financial hardship for residents across the socio-economic spectrum,” according to a press release on state assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal’s Facebook page.
(UPDATE 5/12: According to an email from Rosenthal's legislative director, the bill originally covered apartment sales too but was amended to make it easier to pass.
"We think it will be easier to advance these changes in smaller increments, and the bill was pared down for this reason," says Jonathan Davis. "Assemblymember Rosenthal supports extending the right of bed bug disclosure to prospective home buyers, and we hope to file that provision as a standalone bill.")
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