Bedbug History Law
New York City Landlords and Managing Agents must now provide a bedbug history to tenants who are about to sign a lease. Recently signed into law is Section 8130 which reads as follows:
§ 27-2018.1 Notice of Bedbug Infestation History.
A. For housing accommodations subject to this code, an owner shall furnish to each tenant signing a vacancy lease, a notice in a form promulgated or approved by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal that sets forth the property’s bedbug infestation history for the previous year regarding the premises rented by the tenant and the building in which the premises are located.
Bed Bugs Disclosure
It is important to be aware of the updated rules regarding Bed Bugs Disclosure.
A) As of July 1, 2017 (for new Tenants), and as of January 1, 2018 (for existing Tenants), Landlords are obligated to provide copies of pest control reports to tenants whose units have been inspected for pests. Further, if a pest infestation occurred in the common area of a building, the landlord must provide copies of pest control reports to all tenants in the building.
B) A landlord has no duty to inspect a dwelling unit or common area if landlord has no notice of suspected or actual bed bug infestation.
C) A landlord is prohibited from showing or renting a residential unit if the landlord knows it has a current bed bug infestation.