Bedbug bill holds landlords accountable

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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. The bedbug scourge has escalated rapidly in New York City in recent years, according to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There were 10,985 bedbug complaints in the city during 2009, according to the department, and just 537 reported incidents in 2004. [WSJ]

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