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Committee on Health and Environmental Protection

Revised bed bug ordinance moves to City Council

A joint City Council committee endorsed on Thursday a revised version of an ordinance to comprehensively regulate bed bug extermination procedures.

The measure passed unanimously after less than a minute of discussion, even though the joint Committee on Housing & Real Estate and Health & Environmental Protection tabled a similar ordinance one month earlier. At the earlier meeting, aldermen said that some landlords could be unfairly burdened by the new pest control management and extermination requirements.

Bed bug ordinance stays in Council limbo

A vote on the city’s bed bug ordinance has been tabled as questions linger over what the measure would mean for landlords facing infestations.

Sponsored by Alds. Ray Suarez (31st), Harry Osterman (48th) and Debra Silverstein (50th), the ordinance states that landlords should be required to cover extermination costs in their units where bed bugs are detected. The measure, first introduced in January, would also make it illegal for owners of Single Room Occupancy hotel and other “transient” dwellings to rent rooms where bed bugs might be present.