I double checked our lease agreement. Can I use above statements as ground to refuse to pay for the pests control cost requested by our tenant.
Thank you all for your inputs.
Coming to an agreement after the fact can be problematic unless presented diplomatically.
Review your lease. If it's not in there - then most likely you as the owner will need to take care of pests.
I own rental properties and as an owner/landlord I have pest control service quarterly. I don't want bugs in my house, doesn't matter if I live there or tenants.
Keller Williams Northwest
That being said, we always make sure the properties are treated between tenants. We feel it is our responsibility to provide a pest free environment up front. Also our exterminator provides a 90 day guarantee, so if they come back early in the lease we are covered.
Also, if the pest is the result of something that we are responsible for, we will often take care of it. Example....if a tear in the attic vent allows squirrels into the attic, we will remediate those.
Hope that helps.
It all comes down to your lease. The standard TAR (TX Assoc of REALTORS) lease states that the tenants are responsible for extermination/pest control. But there are lots of other leases out there that may or may not address this subject.
I am going to go out on a limb here and make an assumption that you mean "pests" not "pets".
As a landlord it is your property and you should protect your investment with the basics including pest control. If you want a tenant to pay for it add it to the lease agreement upfront. I do NOT see this as a requirement from most landlords.