When I was little, my mother would tuck me in to bed, and whisper in my ear, “good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I truly had no idea what she was referring to, and never suffered a bed bug bite in my life, but it stuck in my head as a cute notion. Now that we manage hundreds of properties, I don’t consider bed bugs to be cute anymore. In certain areas, bed bugs have become a huge problem. Bed bugs are tiny insects that live off the blood of their host. They create irritation from their bites, blisters and rashes. Are difficult to eliminate because they hide in sheets, flooring and furniture. And they spread quickly and bed bugs in one room will infest the next unit.
The problem has become so acute that the legislature recently passes laws to address the issue. Beginning on July 1, 2017, every tenant must be given a “Bed Bug Disclosure” containing the following information:
- A Landlord may not show or rent a unit if they have knowledge there are bed bugs.
- A Landlord is not obligated to inspect for bed bugs.
- A Landlord must provide copies of pest control reports to tenants whose units have been inspected or if there is infestation in common areas.
Once a unit is infested it can take time to remove the infestation, and in extreme circumstances, an entire complex could be infested if the tenants do not notify the owner or management company. It is best to make certain all tenants report any bed bug activity in their unit as quickly as possible.