Renting out property can be difficult, sometimes simply because it can cause all sorts of problems in terms of knowing who has responsibility for what. If you are a landlord and you’re looking to make sure that you limit the risks for both yourself and your tenant, here are some tips to get you started in making sure that pest control issues don’t come between you and a good tenant.
- Make sure the unit is inspected between tenants
When you have someone move out, you will possibly re-paint and fix up anything that is necessary. But remember to take the time and effort to check out the place for any signs of a pest infestation. If you see signs, get rid of the pests promptly and see that the problem is gone before moving a new tenant in. That way you know that any arising tenant issues are due to the tenant specifically and not the building itself. It makes it easier to deal with.
2. Make pest control responsibilities clear in the lease
This is something that many landlords do not do, but this kind of clarity can fix so many issues before they arise. If you put down in writing in the lease what the responsibilities are of the tenant in terms of pest control, and what responsibilities are yours, there will be a legal contract that binds both parties, rule wise.
3. Document any cases and the causes as they arise
If there is a problem, make sure the pest control company documents both the problem and the cause of it, too. This may to shed light on whose fault it is in terms of which party has to pay for any treatment. Documentation is key.
4. Work together with pest control issues
Make sure both you and the tenant work hand in hand with your pest control company so that you both have a responsibility in the matter and the relationship stays civil. This will help keep things positive down the line, too.
These tips should help you make the most out of any scenario in regards to pest control, so that every conversation is a good one, and the risks are at a minimum for tenant and landlord alike. As a landlord, you know you want to rent a safe property, and that means a pest-free property.