This new disclosure is applicable starting on Jul 1, 2017.
It applies to Landlords who have to disclose the possibility for a bedbug infestation in rental properties. It further explains how renters are to cooperate with the landlord to make sure such infestations can be eradicated.
If you are contemplating renting in California, you are expected to receive a disclosure about this matter before or as you sign your rental contract.
For more details, please read the referenced law below.
Park La Brea Apartments Law Suit
The Park La Brea Apartments vs Residents 2017 lawsuit is setting a precedent with regard to landlords having to report and taking care of any and all bed beg problems found at their property. In this case, the 16 residents part of the lawsuit won and were awarded a total of $3.5 million (the amounts received by the residents varied between $44k and $580k each.)
The points that helped the residents to win were:
- Sleeplessness at work
- Humiliation endured at work
- Anxiety (as a result of the other two problems)
The verdict was pronounced on December 2017.
Note that the problem was first reported in 2008. The new regulation will help expedite such cases in the future.