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  • A bill requiring landlords to disclose a building’s bedbug history to prospective tenants passed in both the state Senate and Assembly yesterday and will become law once signed by Gov. David Paterson, the New York Times reported. The new regulations would stipulate that landlords include disclosure forms — about bedbugs either in the particular apartment in question or in any other apartment in the building — with their leases. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has seen bedbug complaints balloon in the city to almost 11,000 in 2009 from 537 in 2004. Still, some Republicans had argued against the measure because they said it would depreciate property values. [NYT]


  • New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, whose district includes the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen, is leading the charge against bedbugs, according to the Wall Street Journal, with legislation that would hold building owners accountable for not warning their tenants of infestation. The legislation would mandate that building owners disclose any bedbug activity within the last five years to potential renters before they move in. The bill also proposes a $750 tax credit to residents who have been afflicted with a bedbug infestation. … [more]

  • Bedbugs cause panic among dwellers

    August 24, 2009 10:37AM

    Cockroaches, rats and other critters are a common (and gross) inconvenience for New Yorkers of all ilks. But the bedbug has a unique ability to spread panic among apartment dwellers. Those afflicted with a bedbug infestation often shell out thousands of dollars to kill the bugs and, in some cases, throw out furniture just to be rid of the tiny-legged plague, the New York Times said, which is why assessing a building and a unit’s propensity for bedbugs — with experts or even specially trained dogs — has become a central part of buying a home in the city. If a new residence has a past problem with bedbug infestations that can, in some cases, kill a deal, Steven Sladkus, a real estate lawyer with Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, said. “It’s like the dreaded mold that was killing values for a while,” Sladkus said. “People don’t want to buy into a building if they find out there are bedbugs.”