Chicago City Council Takes on Bed Bug Nuisance

A new proposal would require landlords of buildings with two or more rental units to hire licensed professionals to eradicate bed bugs in units where they are found.

May 31, 2013

The City Council Health Committee on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would allow the city to fine landlords up to $2,000 a day for failing to take steps to eradicate bed bug infestations, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Along with declaring bed bugs a public nuisance, the measure would require landlords of buildings with two or more rental units to hire licensed professionals to eradicate bed bugs in units where they are found. Landlords also must inspect neighboring units, and if bed bugs are found in those, provide additional extermination services.

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