Sept 17, 2010

New York City state housing officials have issued a new disclosure form requiring landlords to reveal whether or not bedbugs have been reported in their rental apartment or building.

It almost sounds like a joke but the new form is called the Disclosure of Bedbug Infestation History, and is to be signed by the landlord and tenant.

Obviously, some property owners are concerned that the new form will make entire buildings unrentable after even a single report of bedbugs.

Bedbugs pretty much disappeared during the 1940’s thanks to the now-banned pesticide DDT, but have recently returned to North America with a vengeance. A recent tweet about supposed bedbugs in Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre sent TIFF into a bedbug frenzy.

So far, there aren’t any Canadian cities requiring landlords to declare bedbugs. However, if the bedbug resurgence continues, its possible that will change.

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