Big news for renters in New York: If you’re lucky, landlords will soon have to disclose a building’s history of bed bugs to potential tenants. The New York state Senate and Assembly both passed a bill requiring just that, and now it’s up to Governor David Paterson to sign the bill, but that could take several months.
This bill was proposed by Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, who explains the issue in depth on her Facebook Page.
This is a great step for renters in New York, which has been hit particularly hard by the bed bug plague. But while you New Yorkers are waiting for the law to be signed, if you’re on the hunt for a new apartment, make sure you ask your landlord about the building’s bed bug history. And, protect yourself. While bed bugs can live in all upholstered furniture, the majority still congregate near the bed where they can get meals easiest. All renters should consider investing in mattress and box spring encasements.