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DO RENTERS PAY PEST CONTROL COSTS?
February 22, 2016
Categories: Common Pests, Health and Safety, Residential and Urban Services, Infestations
We thought we’d revisit one of our older posts this time around: when you are renting a property are you, or the landlord responsible for paying for pest control?
As a renter in Ontario, it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that your unit is bug- and pest-free; this includes, but is not limited to mice, cockroaches, and bed bugs. Before you sign your lease you need to ensure that all pest control responsibility should be thoroughly and expressly outlined in your agreement and double-check the laws in your area. At any point, if your landlord requires you to pay for and enforce pest control in your home, they are in direct violation of the health standard set forward by the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Though it is the responsibility of your landlord to take on the financial burden of pest control there are still things that you, as the tenant, are responsible for. If you do not adhere to these responsibilities, and a pest problem persists, you may not be able to take any form of legal action, including breaking your lease, against your landlord.
Renters, What Are Your Responsibilities?
Inform your landlord immediately if you suspect that your unit is infested with any form of infestation or bug problem
Follow preparation instructions from your landlord for dealing with your infestation, including: washing all clothing, bed sheets and blankets, storing belongings in plastic bags outside the rental unit, cleaning the entire apartment, moving all furniture to the centre of every room, empty closets and wrap and store books (consider wrapping books and storing them for 18 months as books are a nice home for bed bugs).
You must allow for your landlord and pest control technicians to enter your home. While you must be given 24 hours notice-- with the exception of emergency cases-- your unit may be entered any time between 8:00am - 8:00pm
Landlords, What Are Your Responsibilities?
Upon being informed of a potential pest control problem you must immediately contact a pest control company. Regardless of the pest problem at hand, there are numerous pest control companies that can professionally, effectively, and efficiently serve you.
Inform your tenant, with at least 24 hours notice, that a technician will be entering their home and, if necessary, offer information regarding preparations for pest management.
If dealing with a pest that could spread to multiple units, it is recommended that all units are checked.
We know that no one wants to have a pest control issue on their hands, but they do happen. While it is the responsibility of the landlord to pay for the services necessary to complete and eliminate any pest infestation, it is also the responsibility of the tenant to be responsive to the landlord’s efforts and make every effort to allow for pest control services to remove possible pest infestations.
Make an informed decision before moving into a new lease. We recommend checking the Bed Bug Registry prior to signing any property contract.
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