Who is responsible for pest control, landlords or tenants?
The term ‘pest control’ covers a wide range of types of animal infestations and outbreaks.
These pests and vermin might become evident when renting a property, but who is responsible for managing the pest control?
These pests may include:
- Spiders (i.e. redbacks)
- Rats and mice
- Snakes and possums
- Bees and wasps
- White ants
In many states of Australia, the legislation relating to pest control can come across unclear, and is often open to interpretation, for example;
– The tenant is responsible for keeping the property clean.
– The property owner is responsible for maintaining the property in a safe state of repair, fit for a tenant to reside.
Property owners should be doing a yearly pest control check which is enforced by the local councils.
As a rule, any outbreaks or infestation of pests of any above, that does require attention by a pest control operator is the responsibility of the lessor/property manager, so make sure you inform your property manager straight away.
Your responsibilities as a tenant
As a tenant, if you have a pet you are responsible for when or if they get fleas.
When you first move into the property you and you complete your condition report, you should always check the property for cleanliness and maintenance issues, including insect pests.
Your responsibility as a property owner
As a property owner, you are responsible for pest and vermin control (such as rats, mice and termites) The exception being that the tenants have poor housekeeping or lack of cleanliness. If the tenant isn’t looking after the property and not getting rid of rubbish like they should, which can increase the chance of pests, as a property owner you could argue that it is the tenant’s responsibility.
Please note that you can buy these sprays, baits and traps from your local supermarket.