Owner or lease, who’s responsible for pest control?

Owner or lease, who’s responsible for pest control?

Serving Memphis, Cordova, Germantown & Collierville  TNOwner or lease, who’s responsible for pest control?

No one wants bugs or other pests in their home. However, sometimes there just is not any way to avoid them. Whether you are a landlord or a renter, it may be difficult to determine who is responsible for pest control services. Monthly pest control treatments will certainly benefit both the property owner and the tenant, which can make it confusing on deciding who should pay for the service.

Here are some questions that can help you gain clarity on this subject.

Check the lease

When in doubt, renters should always check their rental policy. A rental policy is supposed to list out specifics such as this in the provisions. If the agreement states that the landlord is responsible for pest control services, then you should not have a problem asking for it. However, if the policy does not state who is responsible for services such as pest control, consider speaking with your landlord to come up with a solution. Hopefully, you can reach a solution that satisfies you both, and keeps the bugs out of your home.

Who pays for it?

Since pest control benefits both parties, it can be difficult to determine who is financially responsible. Pest control services benefit the landlord by keeping the property in good shape that would otherwise become deteriorate by pests. Also, the landlord is able to continue renting the property if no pests are causing damage.

However, renters have a responsibility to uphold as well. They must keep the property clean in a manner that does not attract a pest infestation. For example, a poorly cleaned home that results in pests may warrant the landlord asking the renter to pay for services; or flea treatments that are necessary as a result of a prohibited pet. Again, this is a good time to review your renter’s policy to ensure you are within its guidelines.

What does the law say?

In many states, there are laws requiring property managers to maintain a habitable and safe home for their renters. Likewise, renters are responsible for any neglect or actions that lead to damaged property and the cost of repairs. Be sure to review what the law says about who is responsible in these instances. Monthly pest control treatments are an affordable way of preventing damage to property. Always talk through these instances with your landlord or renter with the intent to come to a mutual agreement on caring for the property.
Regardless, be sure that you maintain a clean home, avoiding piles of boxes and belongings, which tend to harbor unwanted pests. Also, keep brush and grass clippings away from the foundation of your home. You may benefit from monthly or quarterly pest control services if you still have issues with pests in your home.

AAA Termite and Pest Control can provide pest control services for your home or business. We are happy to provide a home inspection to determine what pests are invading your home, and then we can develop a customized treatment program based on the needs of your home. To schedule an appointment, contact AAA Termite and Pest Control today at (901) 737-7378. We serve clients in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee.