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Should pest control be tenant or owner responsibility after the tenant has moved in?

Asked by Victory Property Management, Raleigh, NC Fri Dec 2, 2011

Victory Realty 4002 1/2 Oleander Dr. 1A Wilmington, NC 28403
Serving Wilmington area, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Leland, Ogden, New Hanover County

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If as a renter, you are dealing with an infestation that is a serious health concern, it should be reported to the municipal department of health. They should be able to advocate for you...

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 12, 2014
I agree, Voices Member. I think that it also depends on what drew the pests in. If ants swarm the home because food gets left everywhere, it's probably the tenant's problem. If the pests were already in the home when the tenant moved in, I would say the responsibility falls to the owner.
Flag Mon Jan 12, 2015
I honestly think it comes down to the type of pest at that point. If it's a relatively tame pest, then I would say it's the tenant's responsibility. If it's a big pest, or big problem, then the owner should probably take care of it.
Flag Fri Dec 5, 2014
I imagine they got the answer already since the question is three years old.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2014
In my own opinion I feel that the home owner should always be responsible for pest or termite.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 14, 2014
Unless agreed to in writing, I would recommend the owner/landlord pay for the service.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2014
I provide pest control as my responsibility. Tenants rarely have the money to pay for it and most expect it here in Durham and Chapel Hill. If I depended on tenants paying, I could have real problems eventually if bugs invaded. I also think it is important to provide these services for tenants--they definitely appreciate it.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 2, 2011
It is negotiable, if you leave it to the tenants they will usually opt for cable instead. When I managed a bunch of multifamily properties I provided it and went with the pesty guy, HAHAHA, to let him in. We would give the tenants notice, allowed me to see what was going on every couple of months, never once did anyone complain about my inspection.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 2, 2011
Generally it is the tenant's responsibility, however it depends on the lease agreement. The property should be turned over to the tenant pest free. If adjoining properties, not owned by the landlord of the property in question are causing the problems, then that may be an issue the landlord will have to address.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 2, 2011
Depends--how many tenants under one roof; if the building has more than one occupied apartment who is to say the new tenants caused the pest problem....
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 2, 2011
Depends on the rental agreement. In my personal property, I provide pest control as a value added service.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 2, 2011
We definitely agree that it adds value to the tenants!
Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014
In my opinion, it depends on the contract signed beforehand. I would review the contract and see who's responsibility it falls under. If you can't find anything, I would suggest calling the owner and discussing the matter with them. They should be able to help you figure out everything you need.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 23, 2015
It depends on the pest. In general, the tenant is responsible. In some extreme cases though, like a racoon infestation, the landlord might step in. Check your bylaws ad talk to the owner. That's the only way to be sure who's responsible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 13, 2015
Pest control is the responsibility of the property owner. The only exception might be if the tenant has bought a pet into the property and the pet is clearly the cause of the pest infestation (i.e. fleas) then it would be reasonable for the tenant should assume the responsibility for treatment
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 4, 2015
Since the owner is still the person to whom the property belongs in a legal sense, they are responsible for the pest control. It is considered maintenance, thus the person responsible for the property should take care of it. It has nothing to do with the tenant's personal needs and such. The only exception is if there was a clause about it in the contract.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 3, 2015
I agree, but it really depends on what it says in the contract. There is a reason that you have to sign so much paper work before moving in. Either way, I hope that you're able to get rid of all of those bugs. I can't stand having pests in my home.
Flag Fri Apr 10, 2015
I would talk to the owner and see what they think. If you feel it should be their responsibility then tell them that and see if you can work out some kind of agreement. Pest control is something that should be taken care of sooner rather than later, so I'd talk to them promptly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 27, 2015
I personally think it is the job of the owner. A tenant is paying for a place to live with assumption it is safe and healthy. Having a rodent problem ruins both of these things. If I were a landlord, I would stay up to date on all pest control, even after the tenant has moved in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2015
I agree with you Matt, the job should definitely be on the owner. You should look through your contract before putting any money down though. Having pests in the home can really destroy the value of the rental property. It is in the owner's best interest to get the problem taken care of.
Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015
Infestations are usually owner responsibility while minor pests should be taken care of by the tenant. In all of the houses that I have lived in, the owner took care of spraying for spiders. However, when we saw the odd spider in the basement, it was our responsibility to kill it. We reported anything that we saw more than a few times in our house. It also depends on the details of your contract, so take a look at that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2015
Responsibility for pest control is generally laid out in the lease that you signed when you moved in. I would suggest looking through that and any other documentation that you have. In my experience pest control generally comes down to who is responsible. Whoever is at fault generally deals with the infestation. Sometimes there are different guidelines on the issue. Good luck with your problem. Having pests definitely isn't fun.…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 30, 2014
It seems like it could be either one. It really depends on what it says about pest control in the contract. If the tenant can prove that the infestation is because of landlord negligence or prior less-than-satisfactory unit condition before the move-in, then the tenant might have some sort of way to get the landlord to take care of pest control. It could also be the tenant's responsibility if the infestation was caused by the tenant's negligence or unclean habits. I would consult the contract first though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 24, 2014
Kevin, I think that's a good point. It's probably good to assume you are the one who needs to take care of it. That being said, it wouldn't be a bad idea to ask the landlord about it. They own the property and they need to make sure it's running well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 20, 2014
It should be spelled out in your lease who is responsible for it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 9, 2014
It depends on what kind of provider you have. What kind of pests would you be looking to get rid of? If you're just looking to get rid of termites or something simple, then it's a simple fix and you could be able to cover the costs. If it's a more extensive procedure then you should try to get the owner to cover it.
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