housing laws

Nicholas Brown’s “The Bedbug Chronicles: Part 6” sounds pretty familiar

November 14, 2007

There’s a new update to Nicholas Brown’s bed bug journal on the Huffington Post today, and it takes us through the 39th day of living with bed bugs during treatment. In this installment, we learn that bed bugs are taking a significant toll on Brown’s self-identity and social life: Despite my anger, even our bug-laden […]

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bed bug news for 2007-11-11: Lexington, KY and Toronto, ON

November 10, 2007

LEX18 – Lexington, KY: Health Department Encourages Learning About Bed Bugs “The Kentucky Department for Public Health is encouraging people to learn more about bed bugs, the small, brownish insects that feed on the blood of animals.” Paradoxically, this article contains almost no content or explanation of how they’ll do that. (tags: bedbugs kentucky lexington […]

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The strange case of bed bugs in Bushwick

September 14, 2007

Welcome to Brooklyn Originally uploaded by TheGirlsNY Bushwick, Brooklyn is home to two large dueling loft buildings: 248 and 255 McKibbin Street. Yes, that’s right: they’re buildings so hip, fun, and now, they have their own myspace pages. (Don’t laugh, but we have one too.) Gawker did an article today about the buildings’ problems with […]

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Finally, somebody does something: Cincinnati’s new Bed Bug Remediation Commission

September 7, 2007

We’ve been following the bed bug situation in Cincinnati for a while. Yesterday, Joe Wessels of the Cincinnati Post reported that city officials were forming a commission to fight the problem: The Bedbug Remediation Commission, a five-member panel of local health, social service and elected leaders, is in the process of forming and will try […]

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Halifax: where the bed bug “blame game” is the law

September 1, 2007

A new article on Halifax, Nova Scotia’s bed bug epidemic, appeared in the Chronicle Herald Friday. According to the CBC.ca Marketplace website: In Nova Scotia, Halifax doesn’t have clear-cut legislation for dealing with bedbugs. Responsibility for extermination falls upon the tenant if a landlord can prove a tenant brought the bugs in. The Halifax agency […]

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New Yorkers: a real-life “I called 311 to report bed bugs” story

August 29, 2007

I always rant and rave about the absurdity of New York City officials basing their statistics of the incidence of bed bugs in NYC on the number of people who call 311 to report bed bugs as a housing violation. Here is my rant on NYC statistics, for those who have not read it before. […]

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New Yorkers: what happens when you call 311 with a bed bug complaint?

July 26, 2007

As New Yorkers know, if you have bed bugs in NYC, you have the option of calling 311 (the city information hotline) and filing a complaint about bed bugs in your rental unit. An inspector from the Housing and Preservation Department (HPD) will come to your home to inspect. More on that in a moment. […]

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Vancouver Downtown Eastside Residents ask politicians to swap homes with them

July 7, 2007

Chantal Eustace of the Vancouver Sun reported Friday that VANCOUVER – City councillors aren’t jumping at a chance to swap their homes with a group of women living in poverty in the squalid Downtown Eastside. Eight of 10 city councillors who reflected on an eight-week housing challenge put forth by the Power of Women Group […]

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A tale of another city: Monticello, NY low-income tenants 1, slumlord 0

July 4, 2007

The Times Herald-Record reports today that a Monticello, NY building was seriously infested with bed bugs and had other code violations. In some ways, it was similar to Denver’s Halcyon House, in that the residents don’t have much money, and they were being made to live under inhumane conditions, in violation of housing codes. Halcyon […]

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New York City: Who’s responsible for paying for bed bug treatment? Complicated, in some cases.

June 22, 2007

I just revised the Tenants and Landlords FAQ. I hope everyone who uses this site or the forums will re-read the NYC information (long as it is) because it corrects some misconceptions a lot of us have about the laws regarding who pays for bed bug treatment in rental units here. While the FAQ has […]

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More on Denver’s Halcyon House and bed bugs

June 21, 2007

Thanks to Hopelessnomo for the link. Rocky Mountain News Service has an article today by a journalist whose friend Steve is a quadriplegic living in Halcyon House, with bed bugs. It may be the worst thing I’ve read about bed bugs, period. The building has all kinds of other problems, which are horrific in themselves, […]

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Second Greater Boston Bed Bug Conference

June 14, 2007

I was able to go to the Second Greater Boston Bed Bug Conference yesterday, June 13, 2007. The sub-title was “Extermination and Legislation.” There were many people there, maybe 100 or more, from diverse areas such as government, public housing, inspection services, senior services, property managers and exterminators. They even had live bedbugs attending, freshly-caught […]

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