Property managers, landlords and real estate investors, twice as many consumer questions about bedbugs from same period last year underscores need for greater awareness and education about landlord and tenant laws.
Avvo, Inc., the web’s largest expert-only health and legal Q&A forum and directory, today released an Avvo Legal Advisory (ALA) that demonstrates the growing need for consumer education around Landlord and Tenant laws related to bedbugs and other household pests. Questions on Avvo.com about bedbugs have nearly doubled over the same period last year, reflective of the growing bedbug infestation nationwide.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), reported instances of bedbugs are increasing to “a near pandemic state,” noting that “bedbug encounters have become much more common in public places than the previous year, in some instances increasing by 10, 20 or nearly 30 percent.” Bedbugs typically live in mattresses, couches or bedding and are rarely larger than a poppy seed, which makes them hard to spot, according to the NPMA.
Avvo identified the following trends related to consumers’ concern of bedbugs:
45 percent of the questions had to do with a tenant’s legal rights and 31 percent were questions from tenants asking who is responsible for eradicating the bedbug problem.
Consumers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York posted the greatest number of questions on Avvo.com related to bedbugs. Taking into account population density, 26 percent of all bedbug related questions are from Ohio, 22 percent are from Pennsylvania, and 21 percent are from New York.
To date, only twenty states have statutes addressing bedbugs, with only 10 states specifically addressing bedbug infestation in rental properties and hotels.
Property managers, landlord and real estate investors, “Most consumers have seen pictures and heard horror stories about bedbugs, but very few know what their rights are when it comes to taking legal action,” said Frances Campbell of Campbell & Farahani, LLP, specializing in tenant’s rights. “Furthermore, as the infestation grows, there is increased demand for legislation – including a new federal bedbug Bill that is being considered by Congressional committee members — to give consumers greater protections.”
Source: Avvo Inc., June 20, 2012
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