Bill Text: IL HB3741 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered

Bill Title: Creates the Bedbug Inspection Act. Requires persons engaged in the business of renting furniture and electronic equipment to inspect the furniture and electronic equipment for bedbugs and other pests before renting to a subsequent customer. Requires that infested furniture or equipment be treated before renting to a subsequent customer. Authorizes an action for damages.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-09-08 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0500 [HB3741 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3741-Chaptered.html

Public Act 100-0500
HB3741 EnrolledLRB100 11064 JLS 21305 b
AN ACT concerning business.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Bedbug
Inspection Act.
Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
"Merchant" means a person who, in the ordinary course of
business, regularly rents or leases furniture or electronic
equipment to customers, but does not include a person who
offers any lease that is automatically renewable with each
payment after the initial period and that permits the consumer
to become the owner of the merchandise.
"Pest" means undesirable insects including, but not
limited to, bedbugs and roaches.
"Rent" means the transfer of possession property or right
of possession property for consideration.
Section 10. Inspection. A merchant must inspect any
previously rented furniture and equipment before renting the
furniture or equipment to a subsequent customer.
Section 15. Treatment required. If an inspection reveals
the presence of pests, the merchant must treat the furniture or
equipment to eradicate the pests before renting the furniture
or equipment to a subsequent customer.
Section 20. Action for damages. A person who suffers
damages caused by a merchant's violation of this Act and
reports the presence of a pest to the merchant within 45 days
after the beginning of the rental may bring an action pursuant
to Section 10a of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business
Practices Act under the standards applicable to the holder of a
retail installment contract.