Pest control relates to a number of different types of pests. Failure to act promptly when a renter reports a pest problem can lead to expensive eradication costs and possible litigation. Who is responsible for pest issues within a rental property?
Common pest issues:
- Mice and rats
- Bed Bugs
- Bees and wasps
During a rental property agreement, it is common to have a few issues over time. Landlords are held to the lease or rental agreement with clear information about the standards and expectations required of them. Routine pest control treatment helps to prevent future infestations.
A tenant is responsible for keeping the property clean. If the tenant has poor housekeeping (such as failing to report a leak or removing garbage in a timely manner), it can lead to an increase in pest problems. If the pets owned by the tenants are causing flea infestations, it is the tenants responsible to pay for the cost of treatment.
Prevention is key when it comes to pest issues and tenant responsibilities. A property management company will provide assistance with a clear tenant agreement that defines who is liable for pest control. While landlords cannot enforce how well a tenant cleans and maintains their living quarters, landlords can provide information on how to prevent infestations.
Annual pest control treatments limit problems with insects and several problems. Landlords can perform walkthrough inspections of the property if they give notice to the tenant in advance. Take photographs during an inspection as clear documentation in the event there are pests caused by the unhealthy environment created by the tenant.
Generally as a property owner you hold the responsibility of pet control. Landlords must work hard to provide a safe, healthy living environment for tenants. Cost of treatment for pest issues is not cheap, which is why it is important to review the contract. Landlords can help to prevent pest problems by working with a pest control company and having them come out for annual treatments to the entire property.
Pest control responsibility must be clearly included as part of the lease agreement. At Keyrenter Denver Property Management, each lease and rental agreement addresses these issues in detail. Protecting both parties is vital to a successful outcome and healthy rental relationship.