New York Governor Patterson signs bed bug disclosure bill; Maine quietly got there first

by nobugsonme on August 31, 2010

in bed bug disclosure, bed bug laws, bed bug legislation, bed bugs, landlords and tenants, new york

New York’s bed bug disclosure bill (A10356b), which requires landlords to disclose incidents of bed bugs in a building within the preceding year to prospective tenants, has been signed into law by Governor David Patterson (see this CNN story for more).

You can read earlier Bedbugger posts on the bill here.

This law only applies in New York City, but as City Room noted in June , Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal hopes to introduce a similar bill next year which will apply to the entire state.

As CNN notes, Maine already has a bed bug disclosure bill, and New Jersey has one under consideration.

The Maine law was approved in March and took effect July 12, 2010. It goes far beyond disclosure, outlining responsibilities of both landlords and tenants and clarifying the process for remedying problems with bed bugs in rental situations.

You can read more about the Maine bed bug laws in a Real Estate Advisory (PDF) from Bernstein Shur or at Maine Equal Justice.

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