Who is Responsible for Pest Control?
Who is responsible for pest control? It’s a question that conflicts landlords and renters across the globe. The answer is this: both. Both the landlord and tenant have a responsibility to keep the property pest-free. Pests are a nuisance, and it’s hard to keep these uninvited houseguests under control, especially in certain areas and climates. Therefore, maintaining pest control services can be pricey. Don’t wait. Before signing a lease, the property management company and the tenants need to determine how much responsibility each party has for keeping the critters away.
First, let’s start with the list of common pests that would be found and covered by pest control. The most common pests found across the country include:
- Bed bugs
- Fleas and ticks
Your geographic area can contribute to the type of pest your home attracts. The south often deals with termites in their homes. So common that some commercial pest control companies even provide free termite inspections. Once you identify what you could be dealing with, you’ll need to determine the responsibilities of each party.
Most states legally require the landlord to offer and maintain a pest-free property. Prior to a tenant occupying a unit, the property manager is responsible for an inspection. Pest infestations must be removed thoroughly by a professional pest control provider. Structural problems, including seals, cracks, and openings must be handled before move-in day. The contract needs to include a section that discusses the property maintenance that includes pest-prevention.
Tenants are also responsible for maintaining a pest-free environment — but only partly. Before they sign the lease, they must request the inspection results and review the contract thoroughly. If pest control is not mentioned, the renter must inquire about it. Once the tenant moves it, they must maintain a clean, pest-free space. Clutter can lead to infestations. Food should be stored away in airtight containers and properly sealed. no water stagnation should be found around the premises. Any signs of structural damage or pests should be reported as soon as possible to the landlord. The most common reason homes attract pests is due to carelessness with the garbage disposal. Garbage must be disposed of properly, and bins must be covered.
For more than 30 years, the Property Management Specialists of Central Florida have been serving the greater Orlando area. Our agents are licensed real estate professionals, dedicated to Central Florida rental properties. Keeping our properties occupied with qualified, happy tenants, in addition to maintaining low management and maintenance costs is what makes us the number one property management company in the city.
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