6 Investigating & Enforcing Bed Bug Complaints in Rental Housing in Greater Columbus
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4th Annual Bed Bug Summit sponsored by the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force

4th Annual Bed Bug Summit sponsored by the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force

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6 Investigating & Enforcing Bed Bug Complaints in Rental Housing in Greater Columbus 6 Investigating & Enforcing Bed Bug Complaints in Rental Housing in Greater Columbus Presentation Transcript

  • INVESTIGATING AND ENFORCING BED BUG COMPLAINTS IN RENTAL HOUSING IN GREATER COLUMBUS PAUL WENNING, R.S. FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
    • In Greater Columbus, three agencies are responsible for investigating bed bug complaints in rental housing:
    • Within Columbus - Columbus Code Enforcement
    • Within Worthington - Worthington Code Enforcement
    • Other cities, and townships - Franklin County Public Health
  • What Each Agency Can Do
  • Columbus Code Enforcement (CCE)
    • CCE investigates bed bug complaints in multi-family rental housing only.
    • - CCE does not investigate bed bugs in single- family rental homes.
    • - CCE may order the landlord to treat the infested unit(s).
    • - If the landlord is non-compliant, he/she may be referred to the City of Columbus Prosecutor, who may initiate legal action against him/her.
  • Worthington Code Enforcement (WCE)
    • Worthington Code Enforcement investigates bed bug complaints in multi-family housing.
    • - WCE may order landlord to treat infested unit(s)
    • - IF the landlord is non-compliant, he/she may be referred to Mayor's Court
  • Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)
    • FCPH investigates bed bug complaints in multi-family and single family rental housing.
    • - If bed bugs are found in more than 20% of units, landlord is ordered to inspect and treat all affected areas of the building.
    • - Landlord is responsible for treatment.
    • - In single family rentals and buildings with <20% infested units, tenants and landlords are ordered to eradicate pests.
    • - If pests are not eradicated, responsible parties may be referred to Environmental Court
  • What the Enforcement Agencies Cannot Do
    • - They CANNOT intervene in disputes between the landlord and tenant about payment.
    • - They CANNOT recommend a pest management professional.
    • - They CANNOT help a tenant break their lease.