Philly Landlords on the Hook for Bed Bug Control Under Council Bill

Philly Landlords on the Hook for Bed Bug Control Under Council Bill

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bed bugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla, Philly Trib reported.

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February 19, 2019

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bed bugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla, Philly Trib reported.
 
The legislation, introduced in a Thursday Council session, would require landlords to notify tenants about past bed bug issues, develop vector control plans, and investigate or exterminate infestations in a timely fashion.
 

The proposed regulation requires landlords to distribute informational notices about bed bug infestation or mitigation, and monitor units that draw complaints. The new bill also includes new penalties for scofflaws, ranging from $2,000 fines to other damages, like a mandate to refund rental payments to tenants that suffer through bed bug infestations, PhillyTrib reported.

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Source: Philly Trib