To: All Housing Companies
Owners, Managing Agents, and Site Managers
From: Robert Damico, Director
Housing Management Bureau
Date: October 25, 2010
Subject: Disclosure of Bed Bug Infestation History
New York City Administrative Code § 27-2018.1, which the Governor signed into law on August 31, 2010, mandates that new residential tenants in New York City be given a one-year bed bug infestation history.
Pursuant to this law, this agency has promulgated the attached tenant notice, "Disclosure of Bedbug Infestation History". All State supervised rental and mutual housing companies in New York City are required to provide new residential tenants with a completed copy of this notice, which is also available on this agency's website at http://www.nyshcr.org/forms/rent/dbbn.pdf.
Applicable to all State supervised rental and mutual housing companies, it is the responsibility of management to develop and implement procedures to prevent bed bug infestations and to take measures to eradicate infestations should they occur.
Bed bugs are a growing problem in urban areas and require a comprehensive approach to prevention and extermination. The following resources are offered for reference:
The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has published a bed bug guide (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/bed-bug-guide.pdf) called "Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely". It is an easy-to-follow guide to spread awareness about bed bugs and educate residents and landlords.
HPD's Public Outreach and Education Division (POE) offers Bedbug Infestation Identification & Management on-line and in-person courses for owners, tenants and managers: https://partner.hpdnyc.org/whalecom91b91cefd0e02442d748c87a2d067a/whalecom0/poeclasses.
U.S. EPA Bed Bug Web Page: Housing companies are encouraged to review the resource entitled "Controlling Bed Bugs", which provides information on chemical and integrated pest management techniques for managing bed bugs, current research efforts, links to educational materials developed by reputable sources, and other information that will be helpful for the public suffering from bed bugs and professionals on the front lines of this battle. The EPA bed bug page can be visited at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/bedbugs/.
- Robert Damico
Last updated on 10/26/10