Let's talk creepy crawlies

At the first sign of small furry animals, winged creatures and spiders who do you call…Pest Control BUT who’s responsibility is it to manage pest control in a rental property?

Put simply… if the property was free of pests at the start of the tenancy the tenant must ensure the property meets that same standard at the end of the tenancy.

Your responsibilities as a tenant

As a tenant, you can expect that when you move in, the property is clean and in good condition. It is therefore up to you to keep it this way.  Generally, as a tenant, you are responsible for any pest infestations such as fleas caused by your pets. Prevention of pests can be facilitated by proper storage of food and by using sprays and baits.

If you have a long term lease (say 3 years), then regular maintenance of pest control falls under your responsibility as general upkeep to the property. Pest Control is recommended at least every 12 months.

Landlord’s responsibility

Generally, as the property owner, you are responsible for pest and vermin control (such as rats, mice and termites) at the start of the tenancy. The exception being that the presence of the pest was caused by your tenant’s poor housekeeping or lack of cleanliness. If your tenant has not been disposing of perishable rubbish or has been undertaking activities which increase the presence of pests, as a property owner you could argue that it is your tenant’s responsibility.

As you can see this can be a little grey and obligations change state to state.

If in doubt, ask! Having a professional and experienced property manager looking after your property is a must. At Nobel Realtors we love to keep our landlords informed, we are your first point of call in clarifying your concerns. Nobel Realtors practice proactive property management which ensures your properties are well maintained.  Feel free to call or drop by the office and ask us any questions you may have.

(Reference: RTA.qld.gov.au and rental.com.au)