The City of Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance took effect on June 5, 2013.
Here are some highlights of the ordinance. You can view the full text here
Bed bugs are declared to be a public nuisance.
In any rental unit where an infestation of bed bugs is found or suspected, it is the responsibility of the landlord to:
It shall be unlawful to rent a unit in which an infestation of any bed bugs is discovered or suspected, unless an inspection by the Pest Management Professional has determined that no such infestation exists or the infestation has been exterminated.
Prior to any tenant entering into or renewing a rental agreement for a dwelling unit the landlord shall provide to such tenant the informational brochure on bed bug prevention and treatment.
A tenant shall immediately notify, in writing, the landlord of any known or suspected bed bug infestation in the presence of the tenant's dwelling unit, clothing, furniture or other personal property located in the building, or of any recurring or unexplained bites, stings, irritation, or sores of the skin or body which the tenant suspects is caused by bed bugs.
The tenant shall cooperate with the landlord in the control, treatment and eradication of bed bug infestation found or suspected to be in the tenant's rental unit. As part of that cooperation, the tenant shall:
The governing association or board of directors of each condominium or cooperative building shall prepare a pest management plan for the detection, inspection and treatment of bed bugs in the building. The plan shall include the same provisions as the landlord responsibilities and require notification to the department of health of any known or suspected bed bug infestation within any part of the building. The governing association or board of directors shall maintain written records of any pest control measures performed by a Pest Management Professional in the building retained by the association or board of directors and any report prepared by the Pest Management Professional. The plan and records shall be maintained either on-site in the building or at the condominium's or cooperatives property management office and be open to inspection upon request by authorized city personnel, including but not limited to employees of the departments of health and buildings.
No person shall place, discard or dispose of any furniture, bedding, clothing or other material infested with bed bugs in the person's refuse container or dumpster for refuse collection, unless, the infested object is first totally enclosed in a plastic bag and labeled as being infested with bed bugs.
Every person who sells at retail any secondhand bedding shall post in a conspicuous location by the secondhand bedding a written notice that the bedding is made in whole or part from secondhand material or was previously owned or used.
The commissioner of health and the commissioner of buildings shall have joint authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this article.
Any person who is found in violation of this article shall be fined not less than $300.00 nor more than $1.000.00 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply.