AB551 prescribes the duties of landlords and tenants with regard to the treatment and control of bed bugs. The below describes in general, a landlord’s responsibilities.
What Must a Landlord Do?
- On and after July 1, 2017, prior to creating a new tenancy for a dwelling unit, a landlord shall provide a written bedbug notice to the prospective tenant. [Note: Tenant acknowledgement of this notice is now included in the revised AOA Rental Agreements – please download and use the new rental agreements for new tenancies.]
- This same notice shall be provided to all other tenants by January 1, 2018.
- The notice shall be in at least 10-point type and shall include, but is not limited to, the following: General information about bed bug identification, behavior and biology, the importance of cooperation for prevention and treatment, and the importance of and for prompt written reporting of suspected infestations to the landlord. (AOA Members may download the form “Information About Bedbugs” for FREE in the forms alphabetical listings at www.aoausa.com.)
- The landlord shall notify the tenants of those units inspected by the pest control operator pursuant to Section 1954.604 of the pest control operator’s findings. The notification shall be in writing and made within two business days of receipt of the pest control operator’s findings. For confirmed infestations in common areas, all tenants shall be provided notice of the pest control operator’s findings.
- Entry to inspect a tenant’s dwelling unit shall comply with Section 1954(2) – (to make necessary or agreed repairs …) with a 24-hour notice to enter the premises. Entry to inspect any unit selected by the pest control operator and to conduct follow-up inspections of surrounding units until bed bugs are eliminated is a necessary service for the purpose of Section 1954. Tenants shall cooperate with the inspection to facilitate the detection and treatment of bed bugs, including providing requested information that is necessary to facilitate the detection and treatment of bed bugs to the pest control operator.
- A landlord shall not show, rent, or lease to a prospective tenant any vacant dwelling unit that the landlord knows has a current bed bug infestation.
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Patricia Harris is Senior Editor of the Apartment Owners Association News and Buyers Guide.