August 22, 2018 10:37 am
Have you found some problematic pests and you’re unsure on how to deal with them? Or who’s going to pay to resolve the problem?
No one wants to walk through the kitchen at 9pm and see a rat run across the floor of their rental home. Dealing with the issue doesn’t have to be as stressful.
Pests could be as big as bats, rats or squirrels, and as small as cockroaches, bees or bedbugs.
If you have found any of these pests or even traces of them, you need to deal with the problem!
Who should deal with the pest problem?
Your first instinct might be to just call your landlord. However it is important to understand who is responsible for dealing with any pests and who will pay for it!
Check your tenancy agreement and try to find anything which relates to pest control. If it states your landlord must make sure the property is in “good condition” or “fit to live in” this means its up to your landlord to fix the problem.
A hole in the wall?
If your pest problem was caused by an obvious issue such as a hole in the wall or another disrepair issue, then your landlord should be the one to sort it out.
If you live in a furnished property which you know was infested by the horrible critters before you moved in, then the responsibility lies with the landlord.
Is it my fault?
If pests have invaded your home due to something you have or haven’t done, such as leaving food out, not thrown rubbish away correctly, left doors open for extended periods of time, then the responsibility may fall on yourself.
Who’s paying for it?
Seek advice if you and your landlord can’t agree on who should fix this issue.
- For a usual call out fee of £45, you can seek advice from an Environmental Health Officer from the councils Environmental Health Department. The officer could work out the root cause of the infestation and what action to take! They will also be able to help identify who will be responsible for dealing with the pests.
- Citizens Advice can help you work out if there is anything which makes your landlord responsible in your Tenancy Agreement
If your landlord is advised that it is you who is at fault, and you refuse to pay, your landlord could take the amount from your deposit at the end of your tenancy.
Report the infestation
Write a letter or an email so you have a record of notification and be sure to keep record of all emails or letters from your landlord.
Once you have reported the problem, allow reasonable time for your landlord to fix the problem. Your landlord should deal with the infestation and any problems caused by them such as damage to doors, pipes, holes in walls, electrical wiring etc.
They should also take steps to prevent any future infestations by fixing holes in walls or in the floor which rodents could squeeze through.
If it is your problem to solve, you can call your local council as some offer pest control services, you can usually check this online!
If not, then you will need to go private and hire a professional as they will have equipment which your mate from down the pub wont.
If you feel you can safely take care of the pest problem, then it may be worth giving it a go.
You can tackle the problem with poisons or traps, however be sure to only use traps and poisons that have been approved for the pests your trying to control. Make sure you follow the instructions and read packaging carefully.
There are various laws around pest control so make sure you are not breaking any when dealing with your pest problem. For example, it is an offence to destroy or disturb bats, or any place they are living. Even if it’s in your home. It is also an offence to keep or release some wild animals, eg grey squirrels – you must kill them humanely if you catch. them alive.
This post was written by millermetcalfe