Landlord vs Tenant – who should pay for the rental property pest control?
The Residential Tenancies Act states that the lessor shall ensure that the Rental Property at the commencement of the tenancy is clean and fit to live in and that the Rental Property is to be maintained so that it remains fit to live in (not clean).
Unless it is stated in the agreement, the landlord is responsible for general pest control for ants, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish, spiders and also for termite protection.
However, the tenant could be responsible for pest control fee if they have actively encouraged a pest infestation. For example bed bugs that might be resulted from travelling, rodents as a result of unclean environment, or fleas originated from tenant’s pet(s).
If as a tenant you are responsible for the pest control treatment, you are allowed to choose your preferred pest company, as long as the treatment is carried out according to the rental agreement. The rented property has to be vacant and has to be done after the carpet has been cleaned. It is in your best interest to organise the pest treatment, otherwise, the real estate agent has the right to not sign over your bond.
If you require End of Lease Pest or Flea Treatment, we could help in providing a prompt, effective and affordable treatments. We have been partnering with landlords, real estate agents and tenants to ensure a pest free premises! Contact us for a free no-obligation quote.