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OVERHEARD: Bedbugged landlord

By Teri Karush Rogers | October 15, 2010 - 12:17PM

"As a landlord I find these [bed bug disclosure] laws ridiculous. To combat them I now require every new tenant to sign a statement swearing they have not lived in an apartment with bedbugs in the last year," writes a landlord on The Real Deal's website.  "If they say that they have I automatically decline the application. If they say they haven't and they move in and subsequently bed-bugs are found in their apartment I will call their old landlord to see if any extermination was done in the unit. If they lied in their statement I will remediate the bedbugs and take them to court for damages/legal fees."  Hmm. Sounds like it's time to include 'bed bug survivor' as a protected class under the city's antidiscrimination laws.  (The Real Deal)

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she covered New York City real estate for the The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri holds a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University. 

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