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I like property

« on: June 08, 2022, 02:35:22 PM »

Hi All

I have recently been informed by my letting agent (carrying out an inventory) that the flat has Carpet Moths.
The tenants have only just reported this problem having been in the property for nearly 3 years.
There have been 5 or 6 inventories carried out on the property and nothing reported.
Basically they have introduced the moth to the flat. So is it my responsibility to eradicate them or the tenants.
Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks
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Landlord - always learning

« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2022, 12:28:59 PM »

Have a read of this: https://www.inoculandpestcontrol.co.uk/pest-control-news/pest-control-landlord-responsibility/

It seems a reasonable approach:

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Tenants have a duty to report any issues to the landlord as and when they take place, and a sufficient amount of time should be allowed for the landlord to take action or instruct on the proposed course of action. If tenants take steps without prior consent of the landlord, they run the risk of not being refunded for the cost incurred.

In most cases, the landlord is the one who will organise and pay for pest control. The choice of contractors and methods ultimately lies with the landlord.

But when the pest problem is noticed well within the tenancy agreement period, the landlord may argue that the tenants are responsible for bringing in or triggering the pest infestation. However, such a claim must be supported with sufficient evidence.

So to avoid any dispute, one of the two parties must have enough ground to support their claim or reach a satisfactory compromise. In practice, most landlords will deal with a pest issue even though they are not legally obliged to do so. It is thus paramount to stay reasonable and civil at all times.
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