Are Landlords Responsible For Pest Control?

If you live in a rent-controlled property and have a pest problem, you may wonder if this falls within the realm of responsibilities for the landlord or if it is the responsibility of the renter to pay for pest control. While this can differ depending on the state, in Texas, landlords are responsible for providing a healthy living environment, which does indeed cover the need for pest control when applicable.

Are Landlords Responsible For Pest Control?

If you live in an apartment or rented home with a pest problem, you will want to first look over your contract for the specifics in pest control. In some contracts, there may be a clause that removes the landlord from responsibility when it comes to pests like cockroaches or mice that are attracted to dirty living environments. This means if you have constant cockroach invasions, the contract of your lease may make it the renter’s expense rather than the landlords.

For more serious pests that are often unexpected invaders – such as termites – these will almost always be the responsibility of the landlord. These are a threat to the structure of the home and unless there is very specific wording in your contract, it is the landlord’s responsibility. Structurally destructive pests should never be ignored and should be treated as soon as possible.

If you do find pests in your home and it is the responsibility of the landlord, you will want to contact them first. They will their contact a pest control service themselves or tell you to forward them the bill. Regardless, the pest will be dealt with. This is more of an issue of who will pay for the service.

Do you have pests in your property? Whether you rent or own the property, we can help you get those pests out. Contact us today to see what Home Run Pest Control Service can do to get every pest out of your home.

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