Pest Control In Rental Properties: Who Is Responsible?

The term ‘pest control’ covers a number of types of animal infestations and outbreaks. Pests and vermin may become evident in rental properties at some stage during a tenancy.

But who is responsible for managing pest control?

Pests may include:

  • Fleas
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Rats and mice
  • Snakes and possums
  • Bees and wasps
  • White ants

Any, or all, of these pests and may become evident in rental properties at some stage during a lease. But who is responsible for managing pest control?

The legislation relating to pest control can be unclear, and is often open to interpretation, for example:

  • A tenant is responsible for keeping the property clean
  • The property owner is responsible for maintaining the property in a safe state of repair, fit for a tenant to reside

As a general rule, however, any outbreak or infestation of pests such as rats, mice, possums, cockroaches, termites, ants, spiders, wasps or bees requiring attention by a pest control operator is the responsibility of the Landlord

The responsibilities of a tenant

Generally,  a tenant is responsible for pest infestations such as fleas caused by your pets. Prevention of pests by proper storage of food, and by using sprays and baits.

The responsibilities of a property owner

Generally, as a property owner, you are responsible for pest and vermin control, such as rats, mice and termites. The exception being that the presence of the pest was caused by a tenant’s poor housekeeping or lack of cleanliness.

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