Keeping the pests at bay – an owner’s responsibility?

It’s a fact of life that when the weather gets warmer the creepy crawlies come out! Unfortunately pests are part and parcel of any rental property, regardless of how clean and well maintained it is. We thought we’d do a quick check of what you, as a property owner, are responsible for when it comes to pests.

In the free booklet Renting Out Your Property – An Owner’s Guide, the Department of Consumer Protection says that, “As a general rule, any outbreak or infestation (of rats, mice, possums, cockroaches, termites, ants, spiders, wasps and bees), requiring attention by a pest control operator is your responsibility and not the tenant’s. You are also responsible for the annual maintenance inspection. The tenant is required to take regular basic pest prevention measures such as proper storage of food and using sprays and baits.”

An owner is not responsible for an infestation when there is evidence that it has been caused by the activities of your tenants or their pets.

What about fleas?
If your tenant has animals, they are responsible for the fumigation of fleas. When they vacate the property it is a condition of the rental agreement that they have the property fumigated by a professional pest control company.

Do you have a question about pests in your rental property? Get in touch with us to discuss.


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