New Allergen and Pest Control Law

Under this new law, you will be responsible for getting rid of allergens from your building. It will be seen as a risk to tenants’ health to have pests and indoor allergen hazards. Mold and vermin grow and multiply over time. Therefore, if their presence is caught early, it will save more time and money than if it was identified later on.

Buildings Affected:

All multiple dwelling units must comply with this law.

Investigations

All units and common areas need to be kept clean. Investigations should be performed once a year to insure that no unsafe conditions are manifesting in the building.

Tenant Notices

You will have to inform tenants of what is expected in terms of pests and allergens. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will also be generating pamphlets that detail more information about these rules.

Mold

Violations will be given for visible mold in any room.

More than 30 square feet of mold in a dwelling room will result in a Class C violation. Less than that will render a Class B violation.

There will be a correction period of only 21 days for these Class C violations, as opposed to a period of 24 hours for other Class C violations. This allows you to have a reasonable amount of time to solve the problem, without garnering additional fines for not being able to get the task completed in just one day.

In common areas, more than 30 square feet of mold in a dwelling room will result in a Class B violation. Less than that will render a Class A violation.

Pests

If there is an infestation of any pests other than cockroaches, mice, or rats, you will similarly be ordered to eradicate them.

 

 

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