A new state law designed to battle bed bugs requires California landlords to provide tenants with written information about these pests and how to report suspected infestations to the landlord, the Chronicle reports.
The disclosure requirement took effect for new tenants July 1 and will apply to existing tenants Jan. 1.
The law also prevents landlords from showing or renting a vacant unit with an active infestation, and from retaliating against tenants who report bed bug problems. It does not require them to inspect rental units for bed bugs if they have not seen them or received a tenant complaint. But it does require them to notify tenants within two days of a pest inspector’s findings. It also requires tenants to cooperate with the detection and treatment of bed bugs.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle