The Response of HOAs in Attached Home Communities
Bedbug infestations have become more prevalent in condominiums, attached homes, apartments and other high-density communities. These pests can quickly spread between units, floors and into common areas. They are attracted to humans and love to hide in clothing, furniture, suitcases and (not surprisingly) bedding.
When bedbugs are found in a common interest community who is responsible for the cost of remediation: the unit owner or the association? Neither state law nor the community’s governing documents typically assign responsibility. Despite that, there are a few clear principles that should guide the association in deciding whether and how to take action: be proactive. It is highly recommended that the association act quickly and, rather than assume the infestation is limited to just one unit, engage a licensed and qualified pest control expert immediately to handle the infestation before it spreads. Educate your owners and residents.
Bedbugs are a serious issue, especially for communities with attached homes. The higher the density of the housing, the more quickly the infestation can spread. Despite that, an association that is proactive in dealing with the infestation stands a strong chance of success. Click here for more information.