You can get pests in your property for any number of reasons. When you’re talking about pest control in a rental property, who is really accountable?
In Queensland, there are no provisions for pest control in the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act. Instead, they are included in a Form 18A. Most property managers, including Red & Co, will include a requirement for pest control on exit as a tenant cost in the special conditions of the general tenancy agreement found on page 8. These conditions stipulate that the tenant is responsible for keeping the property pest free and paying for pest control when necessary.
Any pest control specifications can be included in the agreement except to require:
- Use of particular pest control products
- Use of a particular pest control business
The most important thing is making sure that everything in writing is clear so that all parties understands responsibilities and obligations in the agreement.
Why is the tenant responsible for pest control?
As a tenant, you can expect that when you move into a new property, it is clean and in good condition. It is, therefore, the landlord or property manager’s job to ensure that the rental property is in good condition and is fit for a tenant to live in. At Red & Co, our property managers ensure that every property has had pest control done by the previous tenant on exit.
If the property is clean and pest free when the tenant moves in, tenants are responsible for maintaining the state of the property during their occupancy. Even the cleanest people in the world will eventually have cockroaches in their home at some point, so it is only fair that the tenant covers the cost of pest control. This is particularly important for long tenancies (e.g. 3 years), where the tenant is responsible for regular pest control throughout that time; just as it is tenant responsibility to pay for routine carpet shampoos if there is a lengthy period of lease.
In what situation would an owner pay for pest control in a rental property?
The owner should pay for pest control when there are rats, wasps or possums on site.
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