The down and dirty on bed bugs: Bed Bug Addendum and Statement of Pest Control Operator’s Findings — Form 563-2 and 563-3

Bed bugs: a new kind of controlled pest

Bed bugs pose a particularly nefarious problem for California residential landlords. Bed bugs easily travel to neighboring units through articles of worn clothing, laundry, furniture or other forms of contact.

In multi-family properties, infestations frequently affect areas beyond the control of an individual tenant. Thus, a bed bug infestation can be cataclysmic for a rental property — unless a properly coordinated and timely intervention prevents the contagion from getting out of control.

The roles and responsibilities of landlords, tenants and pest control operators for the prevention and removal of bed bug infestations in residential rental property was recently clarified by new bed bug laws.

Like all tenant-landlord relationships, the bud bug interaction is managed by written notices.

Beginning July 1, 2017, landlords will provide a written bed bug notice to prospective tenants when entering into a rental or lease agreement. [See RPI Form 550 and 551]

The notice contains information about:

  • bed bug identification, behavior and biology;
  • the importance of cooperating in bed bug prevention and treatment;
  • the importance of prompt written reporting of bed bug infestations to the landlord; and
  • the procedure for reporting suspected bed bug infestations to the landlord. [See RPI Form 563-2]

When a residential landlord enters into a rental or lease agreement, the notice is included an as addendum attached to the agreement. Further, beginning January 1, 2018, the landlord will hand the notice to tenants who hold rental or lease agreements which did not contain the bed bug attachment. [See RPI Form 563-2]

Landlord and tenant duties
Inspection rules for landlords
Notification of inspection results
Retaliatory conduct barred
Analyzing the bed bug forms