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The property was pest free when the lease was signed 10 months ago. Now that the weather is changing there has been a report of mice. There's no wording in the lease establishing responsibility for pest control. Am I as the landlord responsible for hiring an exterminator.
Keith C, VA on Wednesday, September 29, 2010
RE: Pest Control Responsibility
That depends on state law, but the bottom line is that you don't want pests getting a foothold in your rental property, so if you want to protect your investment, it behooves you to spend $100 on an exterminator. In the future, ALWAYS include a clause that the tenant is responsible for pest control.
Posted by Gregory T, CA on Friday, October 1, 2010
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