Bed Bug Infestation is Serious Problem for Multifamily Housing, HUD Issues Guidance

The Department of Housing and Urban Development published new guidance for assisted multifamily housing last week on addressing bed bugs.

“As bed bug infestations have become a serious problem in housing throughout the country, HUD multifamily sites are not immune,” said the agency.

The guidance provides information and references to best practices regarding the prevention and control of bed bug infestations.

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It also provides guidance on the rights and responsibilities of HUD, Owners and Management Agents (O/As) and tenants with regard to bed bug infestations, and available resources from the HUD Office of Healthy Homes on recognizing, preventing and addressing bed bud infestations as they are found.

“HUD has received numerous reports of bed bug infestations in Multifamily properties in various regions.  HUD is working closely with other federal agencies to develop and share best practices for preventing and controlling bed bugs.”

Last week, a senior housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana, was reported to have 98% of its apartments infected with bed bugs.