New York City Requires Landlords to Tell Tenants of Bed Bug Problems

Effective immediately New York City is requiring landlords to notify new rental tenants of bed bug infestations that have plagued the building and unit during the prior year. Dubbed the Bedbug Disclosure Act, law A10356B/S8130 which adds Section 27-2018.1 to the New York City Administrative Code, takes effect immediately. The section requires that owners of housing accommodations "shall furnish to each tenant signing a vacancy lease, a notice promulgated or approved by the state division of housing and community renewal [DHCR] that sets forth the property's bedbug infestation history for the previous year regarding the the premises rented by the tenant and the building in which the premises are located" While the DHCR has the authority to compel the owner to disclose such information, there are no financial or legal penalties set forth for the failure to do so Similarly, a recent law requires New York City Schools to notify parents when bed bugs are found in a school. A05434/S4472 A bill is pending in the New York State Assembly which would give individuals a $750 tax credit to replace belongings discarded as a result of infestations. A10081/S7065. -Marc Miner, Esq. Zalman & Schnurman is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at www.1800Lawline.com, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County

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