The most appropriate time for pest control is before you start seeing roaches, spiders, ants, termites etc. Being proactive in this area is crucial, yet majority of the people often forget especially if it is their first rental homes and haven’t experienced this problem.
A common question on who is responsible to provide pest control in a rental property (tenant, property manager or landlord) doesn’t always come up until it’s too late. Much as the issue of who should be in charge of pest control is highly debated, it is important to understand that in some states like California, pest control is mandatory and it is a requisite of the local health code laws. The law protects tenants who have the right to safe and habitable housing.
It is against this law for a landlord to collect or demand rent if the property violates set legal standards of habitability; and tenants may be entitled to compensation for damages suffered as a result of the uninhabitable conditions.
To avoid possible trouble, it is commendable to implement an year-round apartment pest control and prevention service,to keep tenants safe and the property pest free. It is also important to define the manager/landlord and tenant responsibility in the lease agreement for any infestations that may occur. This is especially important for apartment building owners where cooperation among all tenants is required as any occurrence poses a potentially bigger financial impact.
If you are not sure on the right path to take regarding pest control in your property, Real Property Management Choice assists property owners set up appropriate preventive maintenance procedures. In addition, we also assist in placing a well written lease agreement that defines the landlord/manager and tenant responsibility for any infestations that may occur.
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