Across much of the United States, bedbug infestations have reached epidemic levels; and the State of Texas has not been immune to these tiny bloodsuckers. In San Antonio, bedbugs have been found in homes, apartments, dorms, trains, airplanes, theaters, and of course, hotels. Even high end hotels have had unfortunate bedbug encounters. The rich and poor alike have been victims, as bedbugs do not play favorites. If you have been a victim of bedbugs, whether you’re a property manager or tenant, it is important that you understand the bedbug laws in the State of Texas.
Texas Bedbug Laws
Out of the 22 different states that have bedbug laws, Texas happens to be one of them that has laws that mention bedbugs specifically. The State of Texas currently has two bedbug laws. They read as follows:
Texas Revised Code Sec. 341.011. NUISANCE
Bedbugs are a public health nuisance.
Texas Revised Code Sec. 341.012. ABATEMENT OF NUISANCE
(a) A person shall abate a public health nuisance existing in or on a place the person possesses as soon as the person knows that the nuisance exists.
(b) A local health authority who receives information and proof that a public health nuisance exists in the local health authority’s jurisdiction shall issue a written notice ordering the abatement of the nuisance to any person responsible for the nuisance. The local health authority shall at the same time send a copy of the notice to the local municipal, county, or district attorney.
(c) The notice must specify the nature of the public health nuisance and designate a reasonable time within which the nuisance must be abated.
(d) If the public health nuisance is not abated within the time specified by the notice, the local health authority shall notify the prosecuting attorney who received the copy of the original notice. The prosecuting attorney: (1) shall immediately institute proceedings to abate the public health nuisance; or (2) request the attorney general to institute the proceedings or provide assistance in the prosecution of the proceedings, including participation as an assistant prosecutor when appointed by the prosecuting attorney.
Enlist An Attorney
Whether you are a landlord, tenant, property manager, or vacationer who brought home bedbugs, and you are battling a bedbug infestation, seek assistance from an attorney who specializes in bedbug infestations. This blog post is for informational purposes only.Ketterman Rowland & Westlund – Personal Injury Attorneys
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