The Stern Environmental Group wrote a very interesting article yesterday about landlords in NJ and NYC have difficulty with bed bug infested apartments. The article states that the landlords could really use help from their tenants in preventing this problem.
One landlord in Toronto is being faced with a lawsuit because of bed bugs in his apartment building. It’s important that both the landlords and tenants work together to prevent bed bugs. Tenants will often times bring in used furniture, which contain bed bugs and then invest the rest of the apartment building.
On top of all that the tenants aren’t properly preparing their apartments to be sprayed, which happens once a week. And to make matters even worse the tenants continue to bring in used furniture they find, who should really be sued here? It is common knowledge that used furniture is one of the leading causes of bed bugs and the tenants should really know that.
Landlords are going broke from all the lawsuits against them regarding bed bugs. The article suggests that NJ and NYC hold a seminar to inform tenants regarding how to do a proper bed bugs inspection and tips on how to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring. They should really bring in an expert to do the seminar as well to make sure each and every tenant is well informed. Hopefully this would cut back on lawsuits. Ultimately it should teach landlords and tenants to work together to prevent more infestations.