When a property is rented, one of the most overlooked aspects is pest control. Is the property pest-free? Are there any structural issues that could encourage the entry of pests? Does the rental contract include any details about pest inspections or treatments already conducted? Who is responsible for keeping the property pest-free – landlord or tenant?
Before understanding the roles of both the parties, let's understand which pests are more likely to affect a property.
Cockroaches, bed bugs, rodents, spiders, termites, silverfish, ants, fleas, ticks and flies are some of the most common pests found across the U.S. Pests like bed bugs are stubborn and require comprehensive bed bug treatment for effective results.
Some areas tend to attract certain pests more depending on the location. For instance, in the South, termites are the most common pests found in homes. Some commercial pest control services offer free pest and termite inspections. Talk to a professional pest control expert and ask if you can avail a free inspection.
Now, let's take a look at the responsibilities of the landlord, as well the tenant, when it comes to keeping a rental property free from pests.
In most states, the landlords are legally required to maintain and offer a pest-free property. The tenants are more likely to sign the lease renewal and the cost of searching for new tenants is eliminated when the property is well-maintained.
Also, happy tenants mean positive reviews, which can help attract new tenants easily.
Listed below are the responsibilities of the landlord:
Tenants are partly responsible when it comes to pest-control of a rental property.
Here's what they need to do:
Both the landlord and the tenant should fulfill their responsibilities when it comes to keeping the property pest-free for a win-win situation. Regular inspection can help in the early identification of any signs of a pest infestation. This enables both parties to save a lot of time, money and efforts in the future.
Property management companies should seek the services of professional pest control experts when required as this is more likely to give effective results.