Pest Control 101: Who’s Responsible?

by Scott on June 7, 2017

Nobody enjoys seeing bugs in their home. They’re creepy, often unexpected and give off the impression that your space is dirty. The reality is, though, that bugs make their way into even the cleanest of homes and apartments – especially when pets come in and out of your space daily.

Thankfully, pest control has come a long way. Pest control experts can spray for fleas, ticks, mosquitos and bed bugs, among other critters. But for rental properties, deciding who is responsible for hiring the pest control folks can be quite the dilemma.
For the most part, property managers can expect to pick up the tab. If the infestation is naturally occurring (perhaps there is a grassy field nearby where mice might live, or a hornet’s nest just outside the tenant’s door), landlords should pay. Your exterminator can help you determine how the infestation started and what can be done to prevent future critters from entering the home.
On the other hand, if tenants have a history of failing to take out their garbage or treat their pets for fleas, it’s possible they can be held liable for the pest control.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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