Lawrence delays bedbug policy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city commissioners postponed voting on a bedbug policy until they can assure landlords the policy won't be a financial burden.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1erdOqH ) some landlords are worried the proposed policy to battle bedbugs will end up costing them thousands of dollars. City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to postpone the bedbug policy vote and asked city staff members to have more discussions with landlords.

The proposed policy calls for landlords to have a licensed pest control company treat any unit found to have bedbugs within 72 hours of a complaint being filed. But the policy doesn't say if the landlord or the tenant pays for the treatment. Typical treatment for the pests run from $900 to $2,000.

The health department received 17 bedbug complaints in 2013.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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