Protecting California’s Renters Against Bed Bugs
The law from which the amendment stems from is aimed specifically at bed bugs.
This is due to the serious expenses associated with treating bed bugs. They’re one of the most difficult pests to contain according to professionals. If you’re on this site, you’re likely no stranger to this reality.
Their ability to spread is magnified in housing where people live near each other – such as in apartments.
Curious about the entire extent of protections you have as a tenant in California? Give the California Renter’s Bed Bug Protections post a read.
Changes to The Bed Bug Protection Law
You can skip to the bottom of this section for an infographic on the changes.
The amendment to Section 1942.5 has put into place a number of key protections for renters that were missing.
Landlords cannot raise the rent, reduce services, or otherwise retaliate against tenants who report bed bugs.
It’s startling that these protections weren’t already in place.
Landlords are not required to inspect units or common areas if they have not received notice of suspected or actual infestation. If an infestation is readily visible, the landlord is considered to have received notice.
The Amendment came into effect fas of July 1st, 2017.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Get Ahead
All these protections have their value and will serve Californians well. In reality, a single amendment cannot solve the growing bed bug epidemic.
Bed bugs are maintaining their upward trend throughout the world. Big cities everywhere are hotbeds of infestations.
In August, Terminix published its annual bed bug report of the 50 most infested cities. Los Angeles ranked 6th of the list of the country’s most infested cities while San Francisco came in at 34th.
Meanwhile, pest control professionals at Orkin published their own list of the 50 most bed bug infested cities. They based it on the number of bed bug treatments they gave each city in 2019.
They ranked Los Angeles 4th, San Francisco 9th, and San Diego 41st.
The best way to protect yourself at home is by taking preventative steps before you have a problem. Your home is the only place you can completely control.
The best way to avoid serious infestations is by catching them early. Early infestations are many times easier and cheaper to get rid of. It’s a win-win for landlords and tenants alike.
Here are 4 things you can do to start prevent bed bugs now.
- Use encasements and bed bug interceptors
- Learn the 5 symptoms of bed bugs to watch out for
- Start communicating with neighbors about bed bug symptoms
- Be careful when bringing home used clothes and furniture
- Learn the most common causes of bed bugs and avoid them
Thanks For Reading!
It’s great that the State of California has made a choice to further protect tenants. Know your rights and be sure to do everything in writing.
Educating yourself and taking preventative measures is still the best way to protect yourself from bed bugs.