Sept 18th, 2010 by Antenela Artuso -Toronto Sun
Landlord licencing would ensure property owners evict bedbugs from units before renting them out to unsuspecting tenants, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo says.
Under a private member’s bill to be introduced by DiNovo next week, landlords who fail to respond to such infestations would be ineligible for renewal of their licence.
“This is working in a number of other jurisdictions across Canada and the United States,” DiNovo said Thursday.
Carolyn Peters, who worked as a rental agent at a Toronto building complex, said she was ordered to show infested units to potential tenants.
“I almost quit my job the very first week I was there, and I almost quit it because of bedbugs,” Peters said. “I was terrified of getting them when I found out the extent of the problem. The building was infested.”
Peters resolved to only show vacant units that had been steamed and then sprayed.
After almost six months, she was told to begin showing infested occupied units and a short time later she and the employer went their separate ways.