Building owners must comply with the Local Law 69 bedbug electronic filing period between now and December 31, 2019.
Owners or building managers should have collected bedbug infestation histories from all tenants over the last 12 months. The current electronic filing period through the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will require infestation histories from between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. It is important to remember that electronic filing is still required even when there is no reported bedbug activity in a particular apartment.
A copy of the submitted electronic form must be distributed to each tenant upon each lease renewal or commencement of a new lease, or posted in a prominent location of the building within 60 days of filing. Building owners must also either distribute or post a brochure (in a prominent location in the building) that provides information about the prevention, detection, and removal of bedbugs. The notice can be found on RSA’s website at www.rsanyc.org under “Bedbugs” under the “Resources” tab on the website homepage.
Please visit HPD’s Bedbugs landing page at https://on.nyc.gov/2G6MDwe to view the reporting requirements (or see page 8 of the November Reporter) and fill out the Annual Bedbug Report filing application. Please be aware that the online application will only allow validly registered property owners and managing agents to disclose a building’s bedbug infestation history. A building’s property registration must up-to-date.
HPD will issue hefty fines for failure to comply with Local Law 69. Unlike last year, there will be no grace periods extended so owners must be vigilant and file by December 31st.