Bed bug disclosure bill MAY apply to coops, Habitat Magazine says

by nobugsonme on June 28, 2010 · 1 comment

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Remember A10356 (S8130), the bed bug disclosure bill, that just passed in the New York legislature?

It gives tenants the right to information on prior bed bug infestations in the property, going back a year.  (Note: though passed by the New York State Assembly and Senate, it only applies to New York City housing.)

However, though most of us have been assuming it only applies to rental tenants, Habitat Magazine suggests in a new article that it may also apply to coop residents.  Habitat Magazine’s Frank Lovece asks,

What does it mean for co-op boards and condo associations? For the latter, nothing. For the former? That’s hard to tell. Most rental-law provisions affect resident cooperatives since co-ops operate under a proprietary lease and so shareholders are technically tenants. A legislative source familiar with the bill, speaking on condition of anonymity, had no definitive answer — at first suspecting that the phrase “vacancy lease” meant it applies only to traditional rental apartments, but then saying after investigating , “I’m now getting conflicting info on the co-op answer.”

We hope to hear a more definitive answer on that soon.

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1 Ken Gibson July 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

I live in what is called by some Ground Zero – a hotel on 8th that is so infested with bedbugs that I can pick up 250 in one day in a room as small as a closet.
Today they had the exterminators in, and called me into the office to yell at me because of the letter my lawyer sent them. The lads from Superb Pest Control then came down and joined in. Two guys half my age yelling at me and telling me to take everything out of my room for a future spraying. Let alone the fact that I object to being yelled at by young, threatening strangers, there is the issue of what exactly they are spraying – which they were not able to tell me.
Now back to the hotel and its management. It is called the Vigilant. They seem to make up the rules as they go, so a court order on 10 June by Judge Kaplan did not persuade them to put tops on garbage cans – hence rodents come and go freely – and I have seen with my own eyes bedbugs on their bodies. Many I have killed, and am now keeping their tails as evidence; along with a vial of 3,400 bedbugs (and counting).
Multiplying the average daily # of bugs in my room per day X the # of rooms, it is clear that this place houses about 2 million of these critters a year. Given that a female can lay 400 eggs a year, we are looking at a serious problem. Do the math further and ask how many travel with the guests and infest other places.
Then there is the fact that a guest in the hotel was diagnosed with scabies…not surprising, as rodents, lice, fleas, flies and other vermin run free.
So what are we going to do? I hope that this place can be closed and properly fumigated. There is a unique problem in that the rooms have wire as roofs, and rodents run on this and leave their droppings. Bedbugs can live in the ledges over each room and there are thousands of little cracks where they hide, one can see their droppings outside such holes. Yet the Vigilant does not take my advice, and has not as of today followed Judge Kaplan’s orders.
If this is allowed to continue, the city may lose forever its tourist business. Once bedugs set in, and say the Vigilant contributes 1,000 a day to the city, that is 365,000 bugs a year – and if only a percentage of these successfully breed, we are looking at millions of these bugs.
This year they seem to have increased their population greatly – they started there about 10 years ago and then gained strengths slowly. This summer has been very hot, so that adds to the problem.
Located as it is midtown, at 28/29th and 8th, it is an ideal place for a jihad bug war on Manhattan that will end with us all losing our jobs as the tourism industry, NY’s #1 business, falls to the selfishness of Yumin Management.
They told me they would not object if the city took them over – so then maybe that is what needs to be done.
If anyone wants to see prima facie evidence of my claims, the court order, the bugs themselves, photos of the nasty inside, contact me at Ken_Gibson@rocketmail.com
I would be happy to share this info with anyone and if need be stop what may be NY’s largest problem since 911.
311 do not seem to work, what happens is someone notes the bugs, after spending only a few minutes there, and it gets noted, then nothing. So it is time for those legislators who are decent people and really do care about the city, not just those taking a paycheck and getting a career out of doing nothing, to make this an issue.

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