Bedbugs Ordinance Stalls In City Council

CHICAGO (CBS) — An ordinance to spur the eradication of bedbugs remains stalled in a City Council Committee as Aldermen question who bears more responsibility, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

City Law Department Senior Counsel Rose Kelly says the proposed ordinance means for both tenants and landlords to act quickly if there is an infestation of bedbugs in an apartment.

“The tenants need to report within five days and landlords need to start treatment within I believe it is five days,” said Kelly.

Brian Bernardoni with the Chicago Association of Realtors complains that there is no penalty for tenants that don’t report the bugs or refuse cooperation, but landlords fact stiff fines.

“The ordinance, as proposed, places the entire burden on the landlord of the building. Landlords do not bring in bedbugs. Bedbugs come in from the outside and are brought in by people,” said Bernardoni.

With all the concerns, there weren’t enough committee votes to recommend the ordinance so work on it will continue.

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