Do Tenants or Landlords Pay for Pest Control at a Rental Property?

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Pests are one of the biggest annoyances for property owners and tenants. What is the procedure if a bed bug infestation occurs? Who is liable to pay for the pest control removal costs along with costs associated with damage to the property? Are there times when the landlord pays and other times when it is on the tenant to pay? This guide will walk you through the pest control related issues for property owners.

Understanding the Lease Agreement
Landlords do have a legal requirement to provide housing that is sanitary, safe, and habitual. There are situations when a tenant is liable to pay for pest control services based on the lease agreement. In some situations, the tenant could’ve been the person that causes pests to come due to their lack of taking out the trash or similar situations. However, there are other times when the landlord is liable based on the lease requirements.

The lease is the most important element to consider when looking over the pest control issues and legalities. A lease needs to state that a landlord is liable to pay for services as they meet state rental property requirements. Documentation is necessary as part of pest control reporting requirements in the tenant files.

Tenants Withholding Rent Due to Pests
One of the biggest issues landlords face is dealing with tenants that refuse to pay rent until the pest issues are fixed. Can a tenant legally withhold rent due to pests? Each state has their own laws pertaining to pests and rent, but most tenants can withhold rent based on how quickly the landlord acts to rectify the problem.

Who Pays for Pest Control?
Pest control services in North Carolina often include pesticide sprays and rodent removal. Pest control isn’t cheap, so it is common for some landlords to try and charge tenants for this service. However, pest control is part of providing tenants with a safe, sanitary, and habitual place to live. The landlord is generally the party who is liable to pay for pest control.

A good landlord will take time to do upgrades and maintenance to the property that are designed to reduce the risk of pests. In addition to regular property maintenance, landlords need to make sure they clearly communicate with tenants to clarify their responsibility in maintaining a sanitary, safe condition to live in.

Routine inspections can help property owners to see the way the tenants maintain their property, and allows them to see if tenants are leaving the property unsanitary. If landlords can document that the tenant is leaving behind trash and keeping the property unclean and unsanitary, it can provide legal documentation that the tenant is liable.

The Problem With Pests
Many landlords make routine pest control services part of their property services as it pays off in the long run for pests to be kept away to reduce them jeopardizing the property. Some of the issues that pests cause include:
Structural damage
Diseases
Venom
Allergies
Property managers are wise to make arrangements to provide seasonal pest control services. Maintaining regular pest control at rental units shows tenants how much you are investing in providing them with a healthy, safe place to live.

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