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Your Enabling Practice
Landlord is withholding tr
charging for treatment or terminating because of bedbu
Here's what you need to know
ot sure what this means?
Type of housing?
Public Housing Authority
Housing Choice Voucher
Privately owner, Federally Assisted (HUD or USDA)
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Other state assistance (ODOD, ODMH, ODD)
Local Code or Practice
Check with city housing department or county health department to find out what the local rules and policies are for addressing bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs are a relatively new problem in rental housing in Ohio.
Rules and practices may be different from one type of housing to another and from one part of the state to another.
RHINO is recommending a series of
for bed bug extermination.
Because the Ohio Department of Health does not classify bed bugs as "vermin" local health departments won't cite landlords for a health code violation.
Some local housing codes take a common (non) sense approach of assigning responsibility without proof that tenants CAUSED the problem.
Tell us what you think is going on
Landlord won't exterminate or uses self help methods to address the problem or doesn't follow best practices.
Tenant caused the bedbug problem by risky practice or negligence
Tenant is an innocent bystander
System change opportunities
olicies and procedures
work with landlord to create best practices for addressing bed bug infestation
educate tenants on bed bug prevention techniques
programs, policies, codes
educate local communities about bed bugs to encourage safe practices and discourage stigma
challenge local ordinances and policies which assign blame without proof
work with advocates to get responsible policies from health and housing int
Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force
Here's what they look like
Fact sheets you can use are attached at the bottom of this web page.
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