The city council of New Jersey City approved an ordinance that makes landlords of buildings with two or more units financially responsible for the first and follow-up bed bugs treatments for each NJ city unit per year. The legislation was inspired by media comments about renters having to pay for the NJ bed bugs extermination procedures.
The positive of the legislation is that renters will now complain about bed bug infested apartments since they will not have to pay for the NJ bed bugs pest control services and this will help to ensure the bed bugs infestations are quickly reported. Prompt extermination is a major factor for preventing the bed bugs from spreading to other units in the NJ City apartments.
The negative factor is that the building owners will have to pay for bed bugs extermination services brought about by irresponsible tenants bringing in bed bugs with used furniture and other ways. Even if the tenants are being responsible the unfortunate building owners have to pay the whole fee which may not be fair.
Will the landlords cut back on maintenance of the NJ City apartment buildings, stop fixing things for renters and leave old appliances in the units. Perhaps they will create a general maintenance fee or some other fee to make up for the bed bugs extermination cost.
Bed bugs in New Jersey are the responsibility of the landlords, however the law allows the building owners to pass the cost of NJ bed bugs extermination on to the renters. The city council of Jersey City is considering an ordinance that makes the building owners pay all of the NJ bed bugs pest control costs.
Perhaps Nicholas Kikisof the New Jersey Apartment Association has a point when he states ” Most bed bugs come in with the furniture.” He adds “Where it is known a tenant brings in an infestation it is that tenant’s responsibility to pay for that extermination.”
It can quickly get worse when the bed bugs invade other apartment units and dramatically increase the costs of bed bugs eradication. It seems there is not too much sympathy for apartment building owners in NJ and NYC that have to pay for bed bug exterminations that sometimes are caused by irresponsible renters in NYC and NJ. Not all of the property owners are living the high life and have tons of extra cash to spend.
I am wondering how countries in Europe and other locations deal with the topic of who pays for bed bug exterminations.
NJ, NYC bed bugs pest control professionals can eliminate the critters.
More than a few apartment buildings located in New York City and New Jersey have bed bugs infestations. What can be done to prevent bed bugs infestations? It’s expensive, but public housing officials in Toronto are paying to have all the cracks sealed in the apartments they are responsible for (bed bugs thrive in cracks).
Perhaps all apartment dwellers in a particular building should agree not to purchase used furniture, especially the items advertised in Craig’s List that state the furniture comes from bed bug infested apartments (it happens).
Apartment dwellers could agree to have several residents be trained in the inspection process for bed bugs in order to help other residents.
An apartment meeting could provide a New Jersey or NYC bed bugs professional to offer tips for the residents on how to avoid bed bugs and learn what they actually look like and their habits.
Neighborhood crime watch groups are all over the country and maybe in some cities like New York City it’s time to have apartment bed bug watch groups.
If the decision has been made to treat the building by NYC or NJ bed bugs pest control professionals apartment residents should insist that management hire a pest control company with a good record of destroying the critters.
A pro-active residents group can be useful against bed bugs.
Bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in New Jersey. New Jersey law states that landlords are responsible for needed extermination, however it does not clearly state if the landlord can pass the cost to the occupant. A lot of people living in apartments don’t mention bed bug problems due to concern they will end up paying for it.
New Jersey lawmakers are writing legislation to make sure the landlords of multi-unit buildings in New Jersey have to pay for all needed bed bug extermination. The lawmakers want to fix the NJ bed bugs apartment problem and fix what they call the basic injustice of NJ apartment owners not paying for the bed bug pest control services.
I feel sorry for the tenants but the apartment owners could easily argue that some of the tenants brought the critters into the building and so why should the building owners be forced to pay. So far, I don’t think any apartment owner has been brazen enough to sue a renter for bringing bed bugs into the building and for causing his property value to diminish and for all the money he spent on bed bug pest control. It would make an interesting court case.