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Are landlords responsible for mice in the UK?

Are Landlords Responsible For Mice?

If your flat is completely infested with mice, then you may be wondering about this. Should your landlord do something to help, or are you entirely on your own? Are landlords responsible for mice?

Wondering how common mice are in London rented accommodation? According to a recent study, almost 50% of houses and flats show signs of mice infestation. But, if you are renting a property and have mice, what can you do?

Most tenants may immediately think that the landlord should take care of this problem. However, this is a grey area. In certain circumstances, it’s not entirely clear if they have the responsibility.

Are landlords responsible for mice? The answer to that question is that there is no simple answer. You see, there are really two side to issue.

Who is responsible for mice in rented homes?

When moving into a house or flat you should have signed an assured short hold tenancy agreement. One purpose of this document is to ensure that the property is in a suitable state for inhabitation. This also means that the property should be free of rodents (and other pests) when the tenancy begins.

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What’s more, your landlord is required to maintain the property. If the house is infested with mice because it has not been properly looked after by the landlord, this is one side of the matter. The landlord may have been neglectful of the building structure. As garden clutter causes rodent problems, if the landlord neglects outdoor maintenance this could attract mice too. If mice are infesting due to the landlord breaking their side of the agreement, this means that in many cases the answer to the question “are landlords responsible for mice” is usually yes.

There is another side to this question

The other side to this issue is the fact that keeping the property free of mice is also your responsibility. What if you’re not doing your bit to keep the house clean? Or not attending to refuse issues, for example? You see, the landlord can send in pest control technicians as often as they like. But if the tenant at fault, then the mice will keep coming back.

As the tenant, you are responsible for keeping the property clean and looking after it to the extent of your agreement. This includes preventing mice from being attracted to the property. If you are unwilling to do this, then the answer to the question, “are landlords responsible for mice?” is likely to be no. The landlord will simply claim that the mice infestation is your fault.

The bottom line is that tenants and landlords have to work together. It’s not as simple as one or another party accepting responsibility. The landlord must do their part to maintain the property and so must the tenant. Whoever’s fault it is, choosing the right mice exterminator is crucial if you want to be rid of these pests for good.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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