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messagePest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by virgosuzie January 03, 05:01PM

Hello all, I rent out a flat since 2013 and the current tenants have found a mouse which has entered through a hole in the kitchen wall & chewed the dishwasher hose pipe. Is it the landlord or tenant responsibility for:
1. pest control? 2. plugging the hole? 3. replacing the dishwasher hose pipe?

I believe the tenant have done a decent job of keeping the premise clean. If anything, I fear the downstairs neighbours might not be tidy. With out going in to this route of discussion, is there any general opinion or regulations that point to who is responsible to see away the little unwelcome guests & repair the damage it has done?

Many thanks for your help as I can't find any concrete info online.

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by Jules-and-Boo January 03, 05:07PM

[england.shelter.org.uk]

The landlord is responsible for making sure the property is secure, so you are not able to pass this off on your tenants.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was january 03, 05:47pm by Jules-and-Boo.

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by fishbiscuits January 06, 08:08AM

The managing agent I use for my rental flat always bill me for pest control. So I guess it's the landlord responsibility. But really it's impossible to keep an old Victorian property completely mouse free. Even though you'd think the tenants would be capable of putting down a few traps!! Oh well.

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by JohnL January 06, 10:36AM

It's impossible with modern flats at the moment - there's a big mouse problem around me.

My traps don't catch anything at the moment but I see the mouse every now and then. Used peppermint oil this week but thinking of poison as they will chew cables and could cause fires ?

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by SpringTime January 06, 12:34PM

If I were the LL I'd get it done myself and in quick time. If you're in contact with the downstairs LL (or are the same LL) then get that property done as well - if they own downstairs then they should allow access and be interested in splitting the bill. Mice always come from elsewhere after all... and the problem won't improve on its own. These guys were good on a building I dealt with (in which there were continual problems): [www.combatpestcontrol.com]

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by Jules-and-Boo January 06, 12:55PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> It's impossible with modern flats at the moment -
> there's a big mouse problem around me.
>
> My traps don't catch anything at the moment but I
> see the mouse every now and then. Used peppermint
> oil this week but thinking of poison as they will
> chew cables and could cause fires ?

If you poison the mice, it will potentially poison the cats/ foxes too. There are other posts around safer controls

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by virgosuzie January 06, 03:58PM

thanks all for the information. Pest control company going in this week to sort it out!

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by JohnL January 06, 04:25PM

Jules-and-Boo Wrote:
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> JohnL Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > It's impossible with modern flats at the moment
> -
> > there's a big mouse problem around me.
> >
> > My traps don't catch anything at the moment but
> I
> > see the mouse every now and then. Used
> peppermint
> > oil this week but thinking of poison as they
> will
> > chew cables and could cause fires ?
>
> If you poison the mice, it will potentially poison
> the cats/ foxes too. There are other posts around
> safer controls

I thought that might be the case - although our Landlord (housing association puts rat bait stations all over).
Glue traps are much to cruel although I did threaten the mouse with one - doubt it understood.
Snap traps - I'm pretty sure the mice have worked these out now.
Live catch - what do I do with it once I catch it ?

I'll have a look as I do remember some threads.

messageRe: Pest Control - Landlord or tenant responsibility?
Posted by yard January 06, 11:05PM

best control, get a cat


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