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San Francisco will likely pass legislation that puts new rules into effect regarding bed bud disclosure and treatment. The legislation would require certain actions from landlords and pest control companies.
Pest control companies would be required to provide the Department of Public Health with monthly reports of the homes or units they have treated for bed bugs. Landlords would be required to provide prospective tenants with two years' worth of records on any bed bug infestations. Landlords would also have to treat any such infestations according to the rules set forth by the department. Failure to comply with any of these rules could result in fines of up to $1,000 a day.
Since bed bugs have become such an epidemic, it is good to see a city taking measures to curb their spread. Bed bugs are a difficult issue for landlords because the landlords are often financially responsible for eradicating these pests even though the tenants are the ones who bring them into the property. While tenants should be allowed to know about past bed bug problems, this information could also scare them away from the property, even though the issue has been taken care of according to city standards.
So, while I do believe there are some good points to this legislation, I do think it needs to be tweaked a bit. The tenants should share an equal amount of responsibility for the bed bug problem.Suggested Reading:
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