If you live in an apartment, then it might be difficult to know what to expect if a pest control issue comes up. Who is responsible for pest control? What happens if it’s not taken care of? How can you do your part to prevent an infestation? These are important questions that need to be asked, so you know your rights and obligations.
Who is Responsible?
Generally speaking, your landlord is responsible for most pest control. Of course, this is going to be different depending on the actual agreement that was signed. If you have a copy of your lease, you might want to go over it to make sure. Generally, there will be some sort of clause that lays out who is responsible and what those responsibilities will entail. If you notice an infestation, it’s important to make sure your landlord sticks to the agreement, as not taking care of the problem is not only a legal problem -- it’s a health hazard as well.
In some cases, however, it might be determined that the tenant is responsible for the infestation. This could happen as a result of poor cleaning, a recent vacation where pests were brought back in a travel bag or some other reason. In those cases, the tenant will have to pay for the treatment.
What Legal Recourse Do You Have?
If your landlord is responsible and chooses not to treat the infestation, then you might need to take matters into your own hands as this is something you don’t want to leave untreated. Scheduling a treatment now and then billing your landlord later is one option. In some cases, you may be able to legally withhold your rent until the matter is taken care of. It is important, however, that you always stay within the confines of the law, so you don’t get in trouble!
What Can You Do to Prevent an Infestation?
Like any infestation, the best thing you can do is prevent it from happening in the first place. Make sure to keep your apartment clean. Throw away trash and pick up clutter. Do not leave any food on the floor or counters that could tempt ants or roaches. Close windows when you can so you don’t let in flying insects.
Of course, as one tenant out of many in an apartment, your preventative measures only go so far, but every little bit is essential. If you need more tips or advice on what to do as a tenant in an apartment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Midwestern Termite and Pest Control today!