New York City Administrative Code Â§ 27-2018.1, which mandates that new residential tenants in New York City be given a one-year bed bug infestation history, was signed into law on August 31, 2010. If you became a new tenant after that date, then you had to be given a 1 year DBBN at the lease signing. If you were a tenant before that date, the landlord was not required to provide this form post-lease signing.
However, no matter of the move in date, all tenants in New York have a legal right to a bedbug-free environment, as stated 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.
If a landlord fails to disclose bed bug history: Tenants can use the form DBB-N Tenantâ€™s Complaint of Ownerâ€™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 tenantâ€™s address.... more