Cockroaches can cause major issues for tenants and landlords in rental properties. While they’re usually there to eat left-out food (how kind) here’s how to get rid of this unwelcome pest.
Know your enemy
You might have a cockroach problem if…
Steps to take against cockroaches
Are landlords or tenants responsible for cockroaches?
- As a tenant, you will typically be responsible for the eradication of vermin (like cockroaches) if the infestation occurs after you moved into the property and, moreover, the infestation can be shown to be caused as a result of your activities or lack of cleanliness.
- If you have been living in your property for several months and a cockroach infestation occurs, it will generally be you (the tenant) who must pay for the fumigation of your rental property.
- If you can show that the property owner was in breach of the tenancy agreement (for example, by not offering the property in a clean and safe condition) and this breach caused the infestation, you may not be held responsible for eradication.
- If you can show that the infestation was caused by a next-door neighbour who kept uncovered rubbish in the backyard, then you could refer this matter to your local council for action.
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