Information for Home Owners & Tenants
Bed bugs can enter homes by latching onto used furniture, luggage and clothing, and by traveling along connecting pipes and wiring. The resources
on this page can help home owners, renters, and tenants prevent bed bug infestations and safely control them when they occur.
Preventing Bed Bugs
- Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home.
- If you suspect you have been around bed bugs,immediately wash and dry your clothing on hot settings or store it in a sealed plastic bag until you can.
- Ask your landlord or building manager to seal any cracks and crevices with caulk, to prevent bed bugs and other pests from entering.
Right to a bed bug free environment: For tenants in New York, the right to a bedbug-free environment is included in New York City's Housing and Maintenance Code, Subchapter 2, Article 4, which specifically names bedbugs in the list of insects the landlord is legally obligated to eradicate.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) lists bedbugs as a Class B violation, which means that they are considered hazardous and that the landlord has 30 days to correct the problem. The landlord must eradicate the infestation and keep the affected units from getting reinfested. Learn more by reading the Metropolitan Council on Housing Fact Sheet on Bed Bugs.
Notice 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. 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 the agency's website. Learn more by visiting the Metropolitan Council on Housing page on Bed Bugs.
If a landlord fails to disclose bed bug history: Tenants can use the form
DBB-N Tenant’s Complaint of Owner’s Failure to Disclose Bed Bug Infestation History/Notice and Order:
Tenants have to call 1-866-275-3427 or call/visit one of the borough offices to request a copy of the form; the form will be mailed to the tenant’s address.
Resources for Tenants