Some news today about the NDP's proposed solution to the bedbug issue:
The Liberals have chimed in with their plan:New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo is pushing for a law forcing landlords to be licensed and their premises inspected for bedbugs, saying Ontario is “doing nothing” to stop the growing scourge of pests.
“The landlord simply doesn’t get their license renewed if they don’t have a bug-free unit,” the MPP for Parkdale-High Park said Thursday in proposing a private member’s bill.
“It protects good landlords and calls bad landlords to account.”
Landlords would be charged a small fee for each inspection, making the initiative self-funding, DiNovo said.
The FRHP have their statement:Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence).... would require landlords to present prospective tenants with a “bedbug information report” before a lease is signed.
And the Ontario Landlords Association for small business landlords gave their thoughts on the NDP bill:Landlords are “heavily regulated” as is and are required to treat any infestations reported, said Mike Chopowick of the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario.
A group representing landlords who own five units or less—often in the same building where they live themselves—accused DiNovo of “political opportunism” for trying to lump bedbugs in with the larger issue of landlord licensing.
“Let’s focus on the bedbugs first,” said Stuart Henderson of the Ontario Landlords Association, which encourages its members to inspect and thoroughly clean units when tenants leave.
I'm wondering if people here are dealing with the bedbug issue and, if they are, what their solutions might be.