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Bill Detail: HB19-1328

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Title Landlord And Tenant Duties Regarding Bed Bugs
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Housing
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/19/2019
Description

The bill requires a tenant to promptly notify the tenant's landlord
when the tenant knows or reasonably suspects that the tenant's dwelling
unit contains bed bugs. Not more than 96 hours after receiving notice of

the presence or possible presence of bed bugs, a landlord:
  • Shall inspect or obtain an inspection by a qualified
inspector of the dwelling unit and any contiguous dwelling
unit of which the landlord is an owner, manager, lessor, or
sublessor (contiguous unit); and
  • May enter the dwelling unit or any contiguous unit for the
purpose of conducting the inspection.
Except as otherwise provided, a landlord is responsible for all
costs associated with inspection for, and treatment of, the presence of bed
bugs.
If a landlord, qualified inspector, or pest control agent must enter
a dwelling unit for the purpose of conducting an inspection for, or treating
the presence of, bed bugs, the landlord shall provide the tenant reasonable
written or electronic notice of such fact before the landlord, qualified
inspector, or pest control agent attempts to enter the dwelling unit. A
tenant who receives the notice shall not unreasonably deny the landlord,
qualified inspector, or pest control agent access to the dwelling unit.
A tenant shall comply with reasonable measures to permit the
inspection for, and treatment of, the presence of bed bugs, and the tenant
is responsible for all costs associated with preparing the tenant's dwelling
unit for inspection and treatment. A tenant who knowingly and
unreasonably fails to comply with inspection and treatment requirements
is liable for the cost of subsequent bed bug treatments of the dwelling unit
and contiguous units if the need for the treatments arises from the tenant's
noncompliance.

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