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PROPOSED   Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance  Law

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The following is the  Bed Bug Ordinance  proposed by the City of Chicago  in 2013.    The final ordinance has not been approved.

SECTION 2.  Chapter 4-4 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding a new Section 4-4-332, s follows:

4-4-332 Bed Bugs

(a)      It is the responsibility of every licensee  under this title 4 to provide pest control
services when an infestation of bed bugs is found   or  suspected on any licensed premises. Every licensee shall maintain a written record of the pest control measures performed by the pest    management professional and shall include reports and receipts prepared by the pest management professional relating to those measures   taken.  The record shall be maintained for three years and shall be open to inspection by the departments of health, buildings, and business    affairs and consumer protection.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any licensee under this title 4 which provides sleeping
accommodations for hire or rent for transient   occupancy  by   guests to rent, hire, or otherwise provide, any such sleeping accommodation in which an infestation of any bed bugs is found or suspected,    unless an inspection by the pest management professional has determined that no evidence of bed bugs can be found and verified.

(c)  For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

"Pest management professional" has the same meaning ascribed to that term in section 7-28-810.

"Transient occupancy" means any occupancy on a daily or nightly basis, or any part thereof, for 30 or fewer consecutive days.

SECTION  3.     Chapter 5-12 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding a new
 Section 5-12-101, and by adding the language  underscored, as follows:

5-12-040  Tenant responsibilities

Every tenant must:

(a)  Comply with all obligations imposed specifically upon tenants by  provisions of the
municipal code applicable to dwelling units,  including  section 7-28-850;

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

5-12-101  Bed bugs - Education

For any rental agreement for a dwelling unit entered into or reviewed after the effective date of this 2013 amendatory ordinance, prior to entering into or renewing such agreement, the landlord or any person authorized to enter into such agreement on his behalf shall provide to such tenant the informational brochure on bed bug prevention and treatment prepared by the department of health pursuant to section 7-28-860.

SECTION 4    Chapter 7-28 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding a new section 7-28-370, as follows:

7-28-370     Disposal of furnishings, bedding, clothing or other materials infested with bed bugs

(a)  No person shall place, discard or dispose of any bedding, clothing or other materials
infested with bed bugs on the public way or  in a refuse container or dumpster located on the public way, except when such bedding, clothing or other material is placed in or near the person's refuse container or dumpster for pick-up as trash and the bedding, clothing or other material is totally enclosed in a plastic bag and labeled as  being infested with bed bugs.

(b)  No furnishing, bedding, clothing or other material infested with bed bugs shall be
 recycled.

(c)  For purposes of this section, "bedding" has the same meaning ascribed to that term
in section 7-28-810.

SECTION   5Chapter 7-28 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding anew
Article VIII Bed Bugs, sections 7-28-810    through 7-28-900, as follows:

Article VIII Bed Bugs

7-28-810    Definitions   As used in this article, the following terms are defined as follows:

"Bedding"   means any mattress, box spring, foundation or studio couch made in whole or part from new or secondhand fabric, filling material or other textile product or material and which can be used for sleeping or reclining purposes.

"Commissioner"  means the commissioner of public health.

"Dwelling unit"  "landlord""rent"  and "tenant" have the meaning ascribed to those terms in Section 5-12-030

"Multiple rental unit building"  means a building which contains two or more rental units.   A "multiple rental unit dwelling" does not include a condominium or cooperative building.

"Pest Management Professional"  means a person who:   (i) is licensed, registered or certified by the State of Illinois to perform pest control services pursuant to the Structural Pest Control Act, 235 ILCS 235;  (ii) has attended courses   or undergone training for the proper method for the extermination of bed bugs; and (ii) follows National Pest Management association Best Practices for the extermination of bed bugs.

"Rental unit means any dwelling unit which is not owner occupied and is held out for rent to tenants, including any single family home held out for rent to tenants.

7-28-820   Bed bugs   -  Nuisance

Bed bugs are hereby declared to be a public nuisance subject to the abatement provisions of this chapter.

7-28-830    Bed bug infestation - duty to exterminate

(a)   In any rental unit in which an infestation of bed bugs is found or suspected,
 it is the responsibility of the landlord to:   (1)  provide   pest control services by a pest management professional until such time that no evidence of bed bugs can be found and verified; and (2) maintain a written record of the pest control measures performed by the pest management professional on the rental unit.  The record shall include reports and receipts prepared by the pest management professional.  The record shall be maintained for three years and shall be open to inspection by authorized  city personnel, including but not limited to employees of the departments health and buildings.

(b)  In any multiple   rental unit building in which an infestation of bed bugs is found or
 suspected, it is the responsibility of the   landlord to:  (1)  provide pest control services by a pest management professional until such time that no evidence of bed bugs can be found and verified within the building or portion thereof, including the individual rental units; and (2)  maintain a  written record of the pest control measures performed by pest management professional on the building.  The record shall include reports and receipts prepared by the pest management professional.  The record shall be maintained for three years and shall be open to inspection by authorized city personnel, including but not limited to employees of the departments of health and buildings.

(c)   A landlord shall provide the pest control services within 5 days after:  (1)  a bed bug
 is found or suspected anywhere on the   premises;  or (2)  being   notified in writing by a tenant of a known or suspected bed bug infestation on the premises or in the tenant's rental unit.

(d)  The extermination of bed bugs shall be by:

(1)  inspection, and if necessary, the treatment of the dwelling unit on either side of
the   affected dwelling unit and the unit directly   above and below the affected dwelling unit.  This  pattern of inspection and treatment shall be continued until no further infestation is detected; or

(2)  any other method approved by the commissioner in rules and regulations.

(e)  A landlord may not knowingly  terminate a tenancy,   increase rent,   decrease services,   bring or threaten to bring a lawsuit
  against a tenant for possession or refuse to renew a lease or tenancy because the tenant has in good faith:

(1)  complained of a bed bug infestation within the tenant's  rental unit or the
 premises in which the tenant's rental unit is located to   a competent governmental agency, elected representative or public official charged with responsibility for enforcement of a building, housing, health or similar code;

(2)  complained of a bed bug infestation within the tenant's rental unit or the
 premises   in  which the tenant's 's rental unit is located   to a community organization or the news media;

(3)  sought  the assistance of a community organization or the news media to  remedy
 a bed bug infestation within the tenant's rental unit or the premises in which the  tenant's rental unit is located;

(4)  requested the landlord to provide pest control measures for a bed bug infestation
 as required by a building code, health ordinance, other regulation, or the residential rental agreement; or

(5)  testified in any court or administrative proceeding concerning any bed bug
 infestation within the tenant's rental unit or the  premises in which the tenant's 's rental unit is located.

If the landlord acts in violation of this subsection (e), the tenant has a defense in any  retaliatory action against him for possession and is entitled to recover possession of the rental unit or terminate the  rental agreement and, in either case, recover an amount equal to two months  rent or twice the damages sustained by him, whichever is greater, and reasonable attorneys' fees. If the rental agreement is terminated, the landlord shall return all security and interest recoverable  under Section 5-12-080 and all  prepaid rent.  In an action by or against the tenant, if there is  evidence of tenant';s conduct protected herein within one year prior to the alleged act of retaliation,  that evidence shall create a rebuttable presumption that the landlord's conduct was retaliatory.   The presumption shall not arise if the protected tenant activity was initiated after the alleged act  of retaliation. 

7-28-840    Condominium and cooperative buildings - plan for treatment of bed bugs

(a)  No later than 90 days after the effective date of this section, the governing association of
a condominium or cooperative building shall prepare a pest management plan for the detection, inspection and treatment of bed bugs in the building.  The plan shall include the provisions of section 7-28-830(c).

(b)  The governing association shall maintain written records of any pest control measures
in the building performed by a pest management  professional retained by the governing association and any report prepared by the pest management professional.  The plan and records shall be:  (1)  maintained either on-site in the building or at the property management office;  (2)  maintained for three years; and (3) open to inspection upon request by authorized city personnel, including but not limited to employees of the departments of health and buildings.

(c)  Every owner of condominium unit or a lessee with a proprietary lease in a cooperative
 shall immediately notify, in writing the governing  association of any known or suspected bed bug infestation in the presence of the unit or cooperative, clothing, furniture or other personal property located in the unit  or cooperative, and cooperate with the governing association in the  control, treatment and eradication of bed bug infestation found or suspected to be in the unit or cooperative.

(d)  For purposes of this section the following definitions apply;

"Condominium unit" or "unit" has the meaning ascribed to that term in section 13-72-010.

"Cooperative building"  means a building or buildings and the tract, lot or parcel on which the building or buildings are located and fee title to the land and building or buildings  is owned by a corporation or other legal entity in which the shareholders or other co-owners each also have a long-term proprietary lease or other long-term arrangement of exclusive possession for a specific unit of occupancy space located within the same building or buildings.

"Cooperative" is an individual dwelling unit within a cooperative building.

"Governing association"  means the board of managers of a condominium homeowners' association or the board of directors of a cooperative building.

(e)  The commissioner shall prepare and post on the health department's publicly accessible
 website a sample plan for the detection,  inspection and treatment of bed bugs for the governing association of condominium or cooperative building.  The sample plan shall set forth the best practices for the detection and treatment of bed bugs in such buildings.

7-28-850   Tenant Responsibility

(a)  Within 5 days after a tenant finds or suspects a bed bug infestation in the
 presence of the tenant's 's dwelling unit, the tenant shall  notify, in writing, the landlord of any known or suspected bed bug infestations in the presence of the tenant's 's 's dwelling unit, clothing, furniture or other personal property located in the building or of any recurring or unexplained bites, stings, irritation or sores of the skin or body which the tenant suspects is caused by bed bugs.

(b)  The tenant shall cooperate with the landlord in the control, treatment and
eradication of bed bug infestation found or suspected to  be, in the tenant's rental unit.  As part of that cooperation, the tenant shall;

(1)  not interfere with inspections or treatments;

(2)  after reasonable notice in writing to the tenant, grant access at reasonable times
 so the tenant's rental unit for purposes of  bed bug infestation inspection or treatment.

(3)  make any necessary preparations, such as cleaning, dusting or vacuuming, prior
 to treatment in accordance with any pest  management professional's recommendations; and

(4)  dispose of any personal property that  a pest management professional has 
 determined cannot be treated, safely encased, or  cleaned before the treatment of the tenant's dwelling unit.

(c)  Prior to inspection or treatment for bed bug infestation, the landlord shall send a written
 notice to the tenant of the rental unit being  inspected or treated, which advises the tenant of the tenant's responsibilities under this section and sets forth the specific preparations required by the tenant.

(d)  This section shall not apply to any tenant of an assisted living or shared housing
 establishment, or similar living arrangement, when  the establishment is required to provide the  tenant assistance with activities of daily living or mandatory services.  In such  cases, the  landlord will be responsible to make the necessary preparations, such as cleaning, dusting or  vacuuming, of the tenant's rental unit prior to treatment in accordance with any pest management  professional's recommendations.  For purposes of this subsection, the terms "assistance with  activities of daily living", "assisted living establishment", "mandatory services" and "shared housing establishment" have the meaning ascribed to those terms in the Illinois Assisted Living and Shared Housing act, 210 ILCS 9/10.

7-28-860    Sale of secondhand bedding.

(a)   For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

"Act" means the Illinois Safe and Hygienic Bed Act, 410 ILCS 68/1.

"Bedding" , "manufacturer", "renovator", "rebuilder", "repairer", "sanitizer", and "secondhand material" have the meaning ascribed to those terms in section 410 ILCS 68/5 of the Act.

"Secondhand bedding" means bedding that is made in whole or part from secondhand material or that has been previously used or owned.

(b)  Every manufacturer, renovator, rebuilder, repairer and sanitizer of bedding
whose product is sold in the city shall comply with the act.

(c)  Every person who sells at retail any secondhand bedding shall post in a conspicuous
 location nearby the secondhand  bedding a  written notice in English, Spanish, Polish and Chinese that the bedding is made in  whole or part from secondhand material or was previously owned or used.

(d)  Every person who sells at retail any secondhand bedding shall provide to the purchaser
 of such secondhand bedding a written notice  in English, Spanish, Polish and Chinese that the bedding is made in whole or part from secondhand material or has been  previously owned or used.

(e)  Every person who sells at retail, any new or secondhand bedding shall inspect all
material for soiling, malodor, and pest infestation,  including bed bugs, prior to use, sale or distribution of the bedding.  If any material in the bedding appears to be soiled, malodorous or infested with pests, the person shall not use, sell or distribute such bedding.  If the bedding is infested with bed bugs, the person shall dispose of such bedding and material in an enclosed plastic bag and labeled as being infested with bed bugs.

7-28-870  Public information

The commissioner shall prepare and post on the health department's publicly available website a brochure containing, at a minimum, the following:  (1)  a statement that the presence of  bed bugs in any building or dwelling unit is a public nuisance;  (2)  information on how to detect  the presence of bed bugs; (3) information on how to prevent the spread of bed bugs within and  between buildings;  (4) a statement that tenants shall contact their landlord as soon as practicable  if they suspect they have ed bugs in their dwelling unit; and (5) contact information as to where  people can obtain more information.

7-28-880  Rules

The commissioner of health and the commissioner of buildings shall have joint authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this article.

7-28-890   Enforcement

(a)  Inspectors from the departments of buildings and health shall have authority to inspect
 the interior a and exterior of buildings,  other structures, or parcels on which a building is located for bed bug infestation and when any evidence is found indicating the presence of bed bugs at that site and to report such evidence to the appropriate commissioner.

(b)  This article may be enforced by the departments of public health or buildings. 
In addition, the department of business affairs and  consumer protection shall have the authority to enforce section 7-28-860.

7-28-900   Violation - penalties

Any person  who violates this article shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 for the first violation, not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for the second violation within twelve-months of the first violation, and (3) not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 for the third or subsequent violation within such twelve-month period.  Each day that  violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply .


SECTION  6
   This ordinance takes effect 180 days after its passage and approval.


___ _________________                                __ __________________
Ray  Suarez                                                        Harry Osterman
Alderman, 31st Ward                                        Alderman, 48th Ward


____ _________________
Debra Silverstein
Alderman, 50th Ward

THIS ORDINANCE IS PROPOSED --

IT HAS NOT BEEN VOTED  AND APPROVED FOR ACTION