Bed Bugs in Arizona

Apartment: Arizona Landlord/ Tenant Bed Bug Law

It’s important to know the AZ State laws  if you are a Tenant or a Landlord. Below is a great article written by AZ Central regarding bedbug law for apartments/ multi-family housing.

Read below:

“It’s important to work with your apartment management company or owner when you think you have bed bugs, and there are very specific “bed bug rules” under Arizona law which both the landlord and tenant must follow. They see infestations may have already spread to more than one apartment, and your managers must bring in a licensed professional to assess and treat the problem.

Residents shouldn’t try to treat a bed-bug problem on their own. Over-the-counter treatments may make the problem worse, and under state law, you could be legally liable for the costs of treating the affected apartments if you don’t follow the correct procedures.

Here’s what to do if you think you have bed bugs:

1. Notify your apartment manager or owner immediately. They will brief you on their specific bed-bug protocol for addressing bed bugs.

2. Do not try to treat these bugs yourself! Do not buy any hardware-store pesticide and spray them. Over-the-counter treatments may worsen make the problem worse, and under state law, you could be legally liable for the costs of treating the affected apartments if you don’t follow the correct procedures.

3. Ask your apartment manager or owner what they recommend about your personal items like clothes and furniture. They will typically recommend washing clothing and sheets in hot water.

Arizona’s bed-bug law applies only to apartments (single family homes are exempt), and the law states that you have three business days to notify your landlord in writing that you suspect that you have bed bugs. The landlord must have a a licensed pest-control professional inspect your unit within  seven days of after receiving your written notice. They will have an inspection done by a licensed pest-control professional. Bed bugs move fast, so they will likely also inspect units near yours to see whether if other apartments have been infested, too. Your management company will work with you to treat your unit. In addition, your apartment manager will likely have protocols for you to follow to clean your personal items to ensure that all of the bed bugs are gone. This could include washing clothing and sheets in hot water. If you don’t follow these protocols, and the issue continues, your management company may be able to charge you for the full cost of treating your unit and other affected apartments.”

Read the full article at http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/2014/03/14/arizona-law-outlines-bed-bug-protocol/6436249/