Renters and Tenants: What Are Your Rights with Creepy Crawlies

pest control for renters

When you move into a rental, the last thing you want in your home is an infestation of rats, termites, ants, spiders or anything else that flies and crawls! If your nightmare comes true, it’s important to know who is responsible for fixing the problem.

The Pest Guys provide pest management in Perth, so you can be sure that even if a pest problem arises, it won’t be there for long.

Who is Responsible for Pest Management?

According to Western Australia’s Department of Commerce: “as a general rule, any outbreak or infestation of pests such as rats, mice, possums, cockroaches, termites, ants, spiders, wasps or bees requiring attention by a pest control operator is the responsibility of the lessor/property manager.”

However, as a tenant, you are responsible for any pest control resulting from lack of cleanliness. This means it is up to tenants to take basic pest prevention measures, such as storing food correctly, pest management of fleas or ticks caused by your pet/s and using sprays and baits if pests are spotted in your home.

Infestations of insects such as German cockroaches are due to a lack of cleanliness or hygiene, or an introduction from an outside source. In this case, the tenant would be responsible for building and pest control measures.

Pests v Pets

If a tenant has a pet, then they are responsible for pests such as fleas and ticks that may infiltrate their dwelling or yard. Most tenants with pets are required to pay a pet bond, which may be reimbursed once there is proof the tenant has paid for a treatment for fleas upon exit of the lease or premises.

As a pet owner, you can do a number of things to prevent pest problems around your home, such as:

  • Checking your pet’s food, water and bedding/shelter for pests;
  • Regularly check your pet for fleas and ticks, particularly if they are in contact with other animals or spaces outside your yard;
  • Storing pet food indoors in closed containers;

Strata Properties

Properties with Strata open up a whole other can of worms, pun intended. Generally speaking, Strata are responsible for pests that are likely to inhabit external areas of the building, such as termites or rodents, but are still within the boundary of the premises.

As a general rule of thumb, Strata will not deal with internal pest issues, only common areas of the property site; however it always pays to check with your Strata first.

Unfortunately, even if you take preventative measures, you can still encounter a pest problem. The Pest Guys are the professionals in pest control in Perth and with more than 10 years experience in the industry; we guarantee to tailor specific solutions to meet your unique pest problems. If you are a tenant in need of a pest management solution in Perth, contact the team at The Pest Guys today!