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New York City  Bed Bug Law

ADC - New York City Administrative Code (New)

Article 4

Extermination and Rodent Eradication

27-2017       Definitions    When used in this article:

(a)  Eradication     means the elimination of rodents or insects and other  pests from any premises through the use of traps, poisons,
fumigation or  any other method of extermination.

(b)  Insects and other pests include the members of class insects, including houseflies, lice,  bees, cockroaches, moths, silverfish, beetles,
BED BUGS, ants, termites, hornets, mosquitoes and wasps, and such members of the Phylum arthropoda as spiders, mites, ticks,  centipedes and wood lice.

(c)  Harborage      means any condition which provides shelter or protection for rodents or insects and other pests.


27-2018    Rodent and Insect Eradication; Mandatory Extermination

a.  The owner or occupant in control of a dwelling shall keep the premises  free from rodents, and from infestations of insects and other
 pests, and  from any condition conducive to rodent or insect and other pest life.

b.  When any  premises are subject to INFESTATION by rodents or insects  and other pests, the OWNER OR OCCUPANT IN
CONTROL SHALL APPLY CONTINUOUS ERADICATION MEASURES.

c.  When the department makes the determination that any premises are infested by rodents, insects or other pests, it may order such
eradication measures as the department deems necessary.


27-2018.1   Notice of Bed Bug Infestation History

a.  For housing  accommodations subject to this code, an owner shall furnish to each  tenant signing a vacancy lease, a notice in a form promulgated or  approved by the state division of housing and community renewal that  sets forth the property's BED BUG INFESTATION HISTORY for the previous   year regarding the premises rented by the tenant and the building in which the premises are located.

b.  UPON WRITTEN COMPLAINT, in a form promulgated or approved by the  division of housing and community renewal, by the tenant that he or she  was not furnished with a copy of the notice required pursuant to  subdivision a. of this section, the division of housing and community  renewal shall ORDER THE OWNER TO FURNISH THE NOTICE.


27-2019   Elimination of Harborages

All building material, lumber, boxes, cartons, barrels, containers, machinery, raw material, fabricated goods, junk, food, animal feed and any other substance which may afford harborage or provide food for such rodents or insects and other pests shall be kept stored or handled by the owner and tenants of every  dwelling in such manner as the department may require.  The department may make orders to eliminate rat harborages to the person who is responsible for the conditions.    The department shall uncover and inspect periodically all strucytural harborages which cannot be eliminated from dwellings.



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