Bed bugs are becoming a huge problem for Lorain County Landlords these days. The question is what is the liability to landlords? Does a landlord need to pay to exterminate bed bugs, when it is the tenants fault for possibly bringing them in to the home in the first place? We aren’t attorneys and can’t answer that question directly for every scenario.
However landlords do have the responsibility for maintaining the safety of their buildings. In multi unit properties a landlord should probably shoulder the responsibility as blame for infestation is even more difficult to ascertain. In a single family home it is still possible that a landlord will be responsible as the cause of an infestation is very difficult to prove and the bugs are a real health threat.
Here is a research paper on bed bugs from Ohio State University.
Here is an attorney article on bed bugs and rentals.
Feel free to comment below on local bed bug experiences. Bed bug mitigation is very expensive and often doesn’t work. There are however many new treatments coming out.
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