landlords and tenants

Bed bug disclosure bill under consideration for New York City

May 11, 2010

If New York State Assembly Bill A10356 is approved, New York City landlords would have to disclose to tenants any bed bug infestations in the property during the last five years. The bill, sponsored by Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF), has the following purpose and provisions, outlined here: TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the […]

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Bed bugs persist at 205 Nassau Street in Princeton

April 25, 2010

Remember the story of bed bugs in the Princeton building at 205 Nassau Street, owned by landlord Sanford “Sandy” Zeitler? You will recall that Princeton’s health department gave Zeitler a “Final Notice of Violation,” which gave the landlord 30 days to correct the problem.  He has to appear in court on May 3rd. A new […]

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Bed bugs in Princeton apartment building

April 3, 2010

Centraljersey.com reported Thursday on a conflict between tenants and landlord in a Princeton, New Jersey apartment building which has a problem with bed bugs.  Tenant Bob Carlson of 205 Nassau Street has been suffering from bed bug bites for months, and claims the whole building is infested. View Larger Map Princeton Health Officer David Henry […]

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Quigley Bed Bug Bill A2072 Clears Assembly Panel

February 9, 2010

A2072, the New Jersey Assembly bed bug bill sponsored by sponsored by NJ Assembly Members Joan Quigley (Jersey City) and L. Grace Spencer (Newark) — a.k.a. The Quigley Bed Bug Bill — has now passed in the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee. An earlier bill passed in the New Jersey Assembly as A3203 during […]

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NYC Department of Health revamps its bed bug information

February 9, 2010

The big news this week is that New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has now produced a new guide Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF in English, Spanish, and Chinese). While not perfect, it is miles better than previous literature available from the city, and is presented much more […]

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Portland State students sue landlord over bedbugs

January 20, 2010

More from KGW News on the Portland State University students who are suing their off-campus landlords (which we mentioned last week). KGW reports that Jeff Rudnicky and his girlfriend had to evacuate a bed bug-infested apartment after she had a serious allergic reaction to bed bug bites, but they were unable to get their deposit […]

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Portland State University students vs. bed bugs (and landlord)

January 14, 2010

Portland State students living (or recently living) in off-campus rentals at the Park Plaza are battling their landlord over bed bugs. Some have sought legal advice from Student Legal and Mediation Services. This article in the Daily Vanguard says tenants with bed bugs had their units treated individually on a case-by-case basis, and that the […]

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WBAI’s Housing Notebook with advice for tenants living with bed bugs in New York

January 4, 2010

Tonight’s Housing Notebook on New York public radio station WBAI featured bed bugs. The program description reads: Vajra Kilgour interviewed American Museum of Natural History entomologist Lou Sorkin and tenant lawyer Catharine Grad in a discussion of New York City’s nightmare scourge – bedbugs – and what tenants can do to get rid of them. […]

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Lewiston Housing Authority: catch a bed bug and then we’ll help you

December 16, 2009

The Sun Journal reports that tenant Misti Oliviera had bed bugs, but the Lewiston, Maine Housing Authority would not help her until she showed them a bed bug body (dead or alive): “I was told there is nothing they can do until I physically catch one,” she said. “I can’t catch one. I’ve been looking […]

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Update on the bed bug battle at 125 Canal St., Brattleboro, Vermont

October 22, 2009

More on the multi-unit building in Brattleboro, Vermont where landlord Ron Gaida took out a $3000 loan from the town to help pay for bed bug treatment. The Brattleboro Reformer cites Daniel Dente, owner of Vernon, Vermont PCO firm Abatem as saying 125 Canal Street has now been “treated with chemicals approved by the Environmental […]

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

October 17, 2009

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 […]

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160-unit Richmond, California complex evacuated for tent fumigation of bed bugs

October 9, 2009

Remember the 160-unit Hacienda high rise in Richmond, California? We suggested last month that one bed bug spray treatment probably would not be enough to get rid of bed bugs in this affordable housing complex.  And sadly, we were right. The backstory on this is that tenants council complained to the city about bed bugs […]

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