Landlord & Tenant Responsibilities: Pests

Pests and vermin can cause significant distress and damage to your property. Often pests look for places to inhabit during certain times of year, or for a stable food source. But who is responsible for ensuring an infestation is dealt with? We know it isn’t always clear to identify if your tenancy agreement will cover the problem, or if you are required to deal with the infestation yourself. Read on to find out who is responsible for dealing with an infestation in your rented property, and how infestations can be treated accordingly.

Landlord Pest Control Responsibilities

A furnished property should be pest free before any tenants move in. If the pest problem is caused by a defect to the structure, for example, rats entering through outlet holes or broken sewer pipes, this would be the landlord’s problem to resolve. A pest infestation in the home can be unsightly and difficult to eradicate, no matter how great or small. That is why it is important that pests are always treated by a professional and experienced pest control engineer.

Tenant Pest Control Responsibilities

If you are encountering a pest issue that could have been caused by something you as a tenant have failed to do, such as close any entry points or disposing of food incorrectly, you may have to deal with the infestation and pay for professional pest control treatment. If you suspect your home was infested before you moved in to the property, your landlord will be required to deal with an infestation. Your landlord has a duty to ensure that the property is kept in liveable conditions, as stated in your tenancy agreement.

If you are experiencing a problem with pests in your home, or you are a landlord and would like to ensure your property is assessed for signs of an infestation, call Able Group today and receive a free, no obligation quote from one of our helpful advisers.

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