Denver, CO- Who is responsible for dealing with mice? Tenant or Landlord?

Asked by Rabidmonkey, Denver, CO Mon Sep 12, 2011

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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Feb 13, 2015
The first thing to look at is the lease agreement. Sometimes it lays out responsibility for pest control. If you can't find information there, it likely depends on when the mice appeared. If they were there before the tenant, the landlord would have to take care of it. If they showed up after the tenant moved in, the tenant probably has to take care of it on their own. Regardless of who takes care of the problem, you should definitely look into this kind of thing seriously, and get the best help you can find to resolve the issue.
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I agree. In my experience, the landlord generally takes car of any pest control problems, just as they would for any broken parts of the property. To be sure, however, check the lease. If it hasn't been outline fully, then it might help to reach an agreement with your tenant or landlord. Depending on when the mice infestation started, the responsibility to deal with it will change.
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Nellie Reed…, Home Buyer, Vacaville, CA
Mon Nov 3, 2014
tenant has live in a single dwelling for almost 6 years when she moved in there was no mice and she is not a good housekeeper.who is responsible for the problem
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed Oct 29, 2014
I think it should be the landlord's responsibility. You might want to look at your contract though. You can discuss this with your landlord to see if it is something they will deal with themselves.…
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Wed Nov 9, 2011
Hello Rabid,
If you have brought it up with the landlord and the landlord seems reluctant to do anything, you might want to check your lease. Pest control can be a serious issue and it can affect the property value.

Landlords want to include language in the lease agreement that allows them access to your property if there is a bed bug problem or other vermin infesting your unit. It's standard stuff for a lease.

Does that mean you can just vacate and not pay rent? Probably not. Guidelines suggest that in an extreme cases, it is excusable. That sounds like you find out at the court hearing.

Talk with your landlord. If you see mice scurrying about or find evidence of nocturnal noshing by something small, you have evidence of an infestation.

The landlord should take care of having the problem addressed. It's a pest problem.

Mice seek warm, cozy places that have access to plenty of food - namely, your walls behind cupboards. If you've seen one, you probably have more - the ones inside the walls.

I have two cats. They're all over the problem. If a mouse or bird even thinks about coming into the house, they're doomed. My back porch is where they leave their trophies.

PML of Longmont, CO
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Brooke Hengst, Agent, Centennial, CO
Tue Sep 13, 2011
Dear Rabidmonkey,

I think you could definitely consult with your landlord to ask for help addressing the issues however I'm not sure that you can definitely call them responsible for fixing this issue. You might consult with an attorney who can look over your lease agreement and assist you further.

Personally I think I would go ahead and work to remedy the situation on my own if I lived there!!

Give me a call when you are ready to purchase your own home!!!

Brooke Hengst
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I agree that contacting your landlord is probably the best course of action. Usually, landlords are motivated to prevent property damage. The only way that I could see a tenant being held responsible for an infestation would be if they caused it. In either case, you probably want to get a pest control service to take care of the mice. They can carry nasty diseases.
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Merritt Noel, , Denver, CO
Mon Sep 12, 2011
In my opinion the Landlord. Unless the tenants living in the property have for some reason caused the mice infestation.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Sep 12, 2011
Much will depend on your lease agreement, therefore review the document as the answer more than likely can be found...
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