““New York City tenants have been living in fear of bedbugs, and I am excited to offer them this new protection,” said New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill, in a press release issued this afternoon.
“Nothing is more horrifying than signing a lease after a lengthy apartment search only to discover that your new apartment is bedbug-infested," said the Upper West Side assemblymember. "By requiring landlords to disclose infestations before the lease is signed, people will have a means of guarding themselves against exposure to this plague.”
The law is a positive step in the direction of bed bug transparency, but it is a first step.
Then there is the matter of prospective buyers in co-op and condo buildings.
While sellers must disclose a bed bug problem in their apartment if asked about it, buyers still have no legal right to learn, for example, whether there is a bed bug problem in the apartment next door or even a major infestation in the building that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to eradicate.
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