Who pays for bed bug treatment in a rented NYC Condo?

by nobugsonme on October 17, 2009 · 2 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, bed bugs in condos and coops, landlords and tenants, new york city

On Friday, the New York Times Real Estate Q&A clarified the issue of who pays for bed bug treatment in rented condo units:

“The condominium owner would have the primary responsibility,” said Robin LoGuidice, a Manhattan real estate lawyer. The respective responsibilities between the owner and the board are governed by the condo’s bylaws. But if the building has three or more residential units, the registered managing agent may have some responsibility as well, she said.

Ms. LoGuidice said that the tenant should write to the owner and request immediate remediation and send a copy of the request to the board of managers and the registered managing agent.

[Emphasis mine.]

See: Dealing With Bedbugs in a Rented Condo – Real Estate Q&A Blog – NYTimes.com.

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1 Winston O. Buggy October 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I would think the proximity of the three or more effected units would be an issue as well. That is why graphing and early documentation is important in mapping out control programs.

2 nobugsonme October 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Hi Winston,

Mapping and documenting infested units does seem to be important for control programs.

However, the article did not refer to the number of infested units. My reading of the Q&A linked above is that if you rent a condo unit, your landlord is responsible for treatment for bed bugs.

If the building has three or more residential units, the managing agent may also have some responsibility (and therefore the recommendation given is that people notify the condo owner and cc the board and managing agent).

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