It’s usually a big disagreement between tenants and landlords when determining who is responsible for pest control when a property is infested by bugs or other pests. Now it’s part of your responsibility as a landlord to make sure that the pests are prevented from infiltrating the property, however this responsibility is shared by the tenants in some aspects as well. So, how exactly do you determine who needs to resolve this problem and also who is financially responsible for it?
Generally, pest issues are one that has to be handled with immediate effect in order to prevent then from growing out of control into bigger issues. It may not seem like a big deal when see a single bug or cockroach, but the fact remains that just a single bug is an indicator of a much greater problem that’s looming. So, who is responsible for pest control? Let’s take a look!
Most often than not, the landlord is usually responsible for the basic pest control at a property. Now whether basic pest control implies making sure that the property is safe from common local pests to ensuring the property is adequately and regularly treated against pests, these activities are usually within the scope of the landlord’s responsibilities. Therefore, as a landlord, you must do all in your capacity to ensure your building is protected from pests and reaching out to an exterminator or other pest control companies whenever the need arises should be done without any form of delay. You may be tempted to research if the tenant is responsible, however to prevent bigger issues the pest needs to be controlled quickly without regard for who is responsible for the financial aspect of the treatment.