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Learn your rights to know about a bed bug problem in the rental property.

Understandably, many people dont want to live in a building with a history of bed bugs. Knowing that full eradication of a bed bug infestation is rare unless the landlord acts swiftly and thoroughly, many tenants wont even consider renting a place that ever had a problem.

If youre lucky, you may have the benefit of an explicit local or state law that requires landlords to disclose a propertys bed bug history. These include Maine (under 14 M.R.S.A. 6021-A) and New York City (NYC Administrative Code 27-2018.1). To check out your state, see the list of state bed bug laws published on the website of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Unfortunately, most tenants cant count on a have state bed bug disclosure law. But if so, how will you know if a rental property has a current or past problem with bed bugs? You can start by asking the current tenants or neighbors in nearby buildings, and you can point blank ask a potential landlord or manager (see the Nolo article How to Check Out a Landlord or Property Manager for advice on doing this). Hopefully, youll get useful answers to your questions.

A landlord must answer your bed bug questions truthfully or face the consequences. If you find out that a landlord failed to tell you about a propertys bed bug history, you may have several options.

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