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Number 1 tip: Always arrange for END OF LEASE pest control to be carried out AFTER CLEANING. Cleaning soon after Pest Control will only wash away any chemicals applied resulting in non effective treatments and void warranties. Make pest control the last thing you do!
Who is responsible for paying for Rental Property Pest Control?
The Residential Tenancies Act states that the lessor shall ensure that the Rental Property at the commencement of the tenancy is clean and fit to live in and that the Rental Property is to be maintained so that it remains fit to live in (not clean).
Therefore, unless otherwise stated in the Lease Agreement, as a rule the LESSOR IS RESPONSIBLE for general Pest Control treatments for ants, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish and spiders. (I wish I knew this when I was renting and forking out for pest control services out of my own pocket!). As an example, where the LESSOR IS RESPONSIBLE is where there is a bee swarm or a bee hive in your yard or walls of the Rental Property.
The TENANT IS RESPONSIBLE for Pest Control if they have actively encouraged a pest infestation. This can be the case with general Pest Control and is often the case for pest infestations such as bed bugs and rodents (mice, rats). For example, the tenant may bring bed bugs home after travelling or have dry dog food that attracts rodents into the pantry. But if the rodents enter the roof, the LESSOR IS RESPONSIBLE.
End of Lease Pest Control/ End of Lease Flea Treatment
The TENANT IS RESPONSIBLE for having an End of Lease Flea Spray where the tenants have allowed animals on the premises, even if the animals have only been kept outside or have only been on the property for a short stay.
Generally the Leasing Authority (Real Estate Agent) will not sign over a tenants bond until it receives a detailed receipt for an End of Lease Pest Control on the Pest Control company letterhead.
An agent is not allowed to exclude the tenant from sourcing their own Pest Control company. The agent can recommend a Pest Control company and on permission from the tenant arrange for the service on the tenants behalf but the tenant is able to source their own Pest Company independently, as long as the Pest Control is carried out in accordance with the rental agreement (generally speaking, after the premises has become vacant).
Ensure your End of Lease Pest Control is carried out after the carpet cleaning. And if you do have a flea infestation, ensure that you use a quality Pest Controller or the return of your bond may be delayed.
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