Pest control cover a lot of different types of little critters and depending on what they are and how they came to be, will depend on whether the tenant or landlord pays. The argument on who is responsible can sometimes get a little out of hand, but with a better understanding, it makes sense.
Typically, if a tenant owns pets, such as a dog, and the property is ridden with fleas or leaves food out which attracts all sorts of insects, then they are liable to remedy the situation. In many cases, these situations can be handled without calling in the pest control company, but depending on the severity of the case, you may need to make the call.
Any major infestation, whether it be a rats nest through to termites, will be the landlords responsibility. It’s important that whilst they don’t occupy the property, they still must maintain the property and keep it safe and healthy for the tenants. In many cases, these sorts of infestations do require a professional pest control company.
Keep your eyes peeled and at the first sign of an infestation, get on the phone immediately and have your agent begin the process immediately. The longer you leave it, the harder it is for a company to control the pests.
The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.