Landlords Liable for Bedbugs?
by Marissa Henderson
June 18, 2019
In 2018, a civil jury in Alhambra, California awarded $1.6 Million to a family whose three-year-old was scarred by bedbugs. By not taking quick and effective action against a bed bug infestation, the apartment management company was faulted for failing to provide a habitable environment for the family. Unfortunately, if you are a landlord, it is likely that you will have to deal bed bugs at some point. Protect yourself and your tenants.
- Know the laws that apply to your location. According to the EPA, 21 states currently have some level or regulation relating specifically to bed bugs with most requirements placing burden on property management.
- Educate yourself, your staff, and your tenants on on recognizing signs of bedbugs.
- Help tenants understand the importance of early bed bug detection, reporting, and cooperation.
- Actively monitor apartments for existing or new bed bug outbreaks.
- Consult with qualified pest control management companies for a comprehensive bed bug strategy. Find out why GreenTech Heat is your best partner to kill bed bugs and other insects.
Don’t leave yourself or your company exposed to costly bed bug litigation! Take action today and find out how we can help.
For more discussion on the legal liability of bed bugs, be sure to read Jury Settlements for Bed Bug Bites Continue to Pester the Hotel Industry and A Conversation with a Bed Bug Attorney.