New Jersey Assembly passes “bed bug bill” A-3203

by nobugsonme on February 8, 2009 · 2 comments

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The New Jersey Assembly considered the “bed bug bill” A-3203 on Thursday, and it passed 74-3!

You can read more about it in the Press of Atlantic City, which writes,

Under the bill approved by a 74-3 vote in the Assembly, landlords of multiple-dwelling units must have bed-bug infestations removed as soon as they learn about them. Landlords must also give tenants pamphlets, which will be developed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services, warning them about bed bugs. It also establishes deadlines by which landlords must deal with bed bug infestations.

Landlords who don’t take appropriate actions face fines of $300 for each infested bedroom and $1,000 for each infested common area.

“Renters should not have to live silently with bedbug infestations,” said Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Hudson, a bill sponsor. “Tenants who want to live in a clean and safe environment need the piece of mind that their landlord will work with them to ensure the sanctity of their home.”

You can read previous Bedbugger stories on A3203 here.

Note (5/2010): A3203 was reintroduced as A2072.

1 Blu April 28, 2009 at 4:18 am

In my building, we got a notice about two-three months ago from our new management that said they were aware that there was a bedbug infestation in the complex, and that they were not responsible for taking care of the problem. They also said that the tenants would have to call in their own exterminators, and that if they found bedbugs upon inspection and the tenant hadn’t dealt with it, that the tenant was in violation of the lease and would be evicted.
Apparently, they haven’t heard of this bill.
They did try to perform a surprise inspection about a month and some change ago, and I didn’t let them in because I wasn’t aware we were supposed to have one (they are supposed to notify us well in advance). I took the fail. I’m guessing this was their way of trying to discern on the sneak tip if we had an infestation. We have seen the occasional bug, but one is one too many as far as I am concerned. We never find them in the usual places, but we get bit an average of twice a month at most. I usually catch them as soon as I realise I’ve been bitten, and kill it. We had one sighting a year ago, none in the winter, but as soon as spring hit, I was bitten breakfast, lunch, dinner right on my stomach.

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