Chicago landlords may be held responsible for bed bug infestations under a proposed ordinance declaring the pests a “public nuisance,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The measure, which was discussed last week at a joint meeting of the City Council Health and Housing committees, would hold landlords responsible for hiring professionals to treat bed bug infestations. If the landlord fails to comply, they could face fines of up to $1,000 per day.
This proposed ordinance will likely be faced with resistance, particularly from landlords. According to the Chicago Tribune article, landlords are expected to argue that condominium and co-op boards must have pest management plans. They also will need assurance they can get into tenants’ units for treatment if a bed bug problem arises.
If passed, the ordinance would also prohibit renting units with active bed bug infestations.
City officials have seen an increase in bed bug problems during the last several months, particularly when Chicago was ranked first for bed bug infestations in the U.S. This proposed pest ordinance is one of the city’s steps toward a solution.
Bed bug infestation is a national problem that spans far beyond Chicago’s borders. With preventative measures such as mattress and box spring encasements, you can keep your home and family free from bothersome bed bugs.