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In 2014, New Laws Regarding Bed Bugs, Child Safety Seats


The start of the New Year brings with it changes to some laws in New Hampshire.

One of the changes going into effect has to do with bed bug infestation.

The new law requires landlords to investigate a report of a bed bug infestation within seven days.

Rick Castillo with the state’s Bed Bug Action Committee says the law also outlines the rights of tenants and landlords when an outbreak occurs.

“The landlord is responsible for the expense of the remediation but can recover some of that expense if indeed it’s shown that the tenant was responsible for bringing the bud bugs into the building.”

Castillo says bed bugs have been an issue in cities like Manchester and Nashua for years, but was never acknowledged in state law.

Also going into effect are new requirements for when children in a car must be secured in a child restraint.

Children must now be in a safety seat until they are 7 years old, or 57 inches tall, whichever comes first.

That replaces the previous requirement of up until age 6, or 55 inches tall.

The change is expected to affect an additional 15,000 children in the Granite State.

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