The New Jersey senate will likely vote on a new bill, which penalizes landlords up to $300 per unit and $1000 for each common area not treated after a report is made by a tenant. This tenant protection should help speed up the treatment process offering quicker relief for families that need it.
New Jersey Assembly woman stated “Renters should not have to live silently with bedbug infestations. Tenants who want to live in a clean and safe environment need the peace of mind that their landlord will work with them to ensure the sanctity of their home.”
We deal with a lot of landlords and bed bugs are a huge financial burden. One case of bed bugs that I can remember was where a tennant embarked on a cruise for 2 weeks, returned home and then realized a few weeks later they had bed bugs. Although there was a good chance the tenant brought home the bed bugs, the landlord had to pay over $600 to treat the issue. The landlord was aware of the cruise because arrangements had been made prior to collect the rent early and the topic came up.
Anther case I can remember is when a landlord could not afford to treat one unit and the entire unit ended up becoming infested, which was very unfortunate for tennants.
The treatments costs are becoming so high for some landlords that perhaps insurance policies for bed bug may be needed. Some infestations could be equivalent to costs associated with fire damage or extreme vandalism.