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Do Landlords Pay For Pest Control?

Having any kind of pest infestation in your home is incredibly stressful. But when it comes to a rented home, it can be confusing as to what to do about it.

Knowing who is responsible for the cost and arrangement of pest control is a problem tenants face every day.

In any kind of pest situation – do landlords pay for pest control?

When Do Landlords Pay For Pest Control?

Ultimately, knowing when landlords pay for pest control comes down to two specific factors. These factors are: whether the pests were present prior to you moving in. And if the infestation has been caused due to disrepair or damage to the property. When you rent a property, a landlord has an obligation to deliver the home in a state that is inhabitable. This means that it must be clean, in good working order and condition – and free from any pests.

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If the property has been left with an active pest infestation, landlords absolutely have to pay to have it treated. So, do landlords pay for pest control in this situation? Yes, they do. To be able to protect yourself from any liability when it comes to prior pest infestations, do a thorough property check before you move in. Take notes and photos of any disrepair that could provide access to pests. If you spot any pests, again, document the evidence. Then notify your landlord or letting agent immediately.

When Do Tenants Pay For Pest Control?

Being a tenant means you have to ensure the property is kept clean and not cause any damage. There will always be wear and tear to any property. And this should be something your landlord expects. However, when a tenant allows a property to fall into disrepair, or improperly disposes of rubbish, pest control costs fall onto them.

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Do landlords pay for pest control problems caused by tenants? No, they don’t. In this situation, you should always seek the help of an expert pest controller yourself to come and treat the infestation. Just remember that you will be liable for any costs.

Council Pest Control

Whoever’s responsibility it is to carry out pest control, it’s important to know when the council will step in. Regardless of who’s fault it is that the infestation has occurred, the council is under no obligation to treat the problem. This is true even if you are in receipt of benefits. The council might step, but only in if your landlord has not treated an infestation that they are liable for.


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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