Puneet Singh, Esq
Recently California passed Assembly Bill No. 551, a new bed bug law imposing several requirements for owners and managers of rental property. Starting July 1, 2017, an owner must provide to all prospective tenants with written notice in at least 10-point font containing the following information:
Codified in California Civil Code Section 1954.603, the language of the written notice may substantially be in the following form:
Information about Bed Bugs
Bed bug Appearance: Bed bugs have six legs. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about 1/4 of an inch in length. Their color can vary from red and brown to copper colored. Young bed bugs are very small. Their bodies are about 1/16 of an inch in length. They have almost no color. When a bed bug feeds, its body swells, may lengthen, and becomes bright red, sometimes making it appear to be a different insect. Bed bugs do not fly. They can either crawl or be carried from place to place on objects, people, or animals. Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify because they are tiny and try to stay hidden.
Life Cycle and Reproduction: An average bed bug lives for about 10 months. Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day. Bed bugs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days. Bed bugs can survive for months without feeding.
Bed bug Bites: Because bed bugs usually feed at night, most people are bitten in their sleep and do not realize they were bitten. A person’s reaction to insect bites is an immune response and so varies from person to person. Sometimes the red welts caused by the bites will not be noticed until many days after a person was bitten, if at all.
Common signs and symptoms of a possible bed bug infestation:
For more information, see the Internet Web sites of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Pest Management Association.
It is important that the notice include the procedure to report suspected infestations to the landlord. The notice must also be provided to existing tenants by January 1, 2018.
In addition to the new written disclosure that must be provided to new and existing tenants, AB 551 imposes the following requirements:
The text of AB 551 can be found at:
NOTE: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For legal advice please contact an experienced attorney.