Is the lease on your apartment nearing its end? Are you getting a new person in to rent your property, or are you looking to enter a new property? If this is the case, one of the first things you will need to do is get an inspection for pest control.
End of Lease Pest Control
In certain regions, end of lease pest control is a legal requirement. Meaning it is something that you have to do when you are leaving a rented home. It could also be within the tenancy agreement. After the pest inspection and removal of any possible pests, the pest removal/inspection company (such as Now Pest Control) can give you a certificate to testify to the cleanliness of the premises.
If you are a rental property owner, then you definitely want to get this checked out regularly. Nothing will damage your reputation more quickly than failure to tackle pests. Tenants will not put up with it. And termites can devastate an entire property if left unchecked.
The Pest Inspection
An annual pest inspection is definitely a great option. Pest inspection costs can vary greatly depending on what you are looking for. But it should not be more than $300 total to see where your unit stands. In most cases, it will quickly become obvious when you have an infestation. Seeing ants or cockroaches is not a pleasant experience that you can easily ignore.
But the pest inspection will go a step further and tell you of potential areas where you might need to look at. These are preventative steps that can help prevent an infestation in the first place. This is why it is the best way to stay safe and clean.
Pest control falls under the responsibility of both tenants and landlords to maintain the premises in a state of reasonable repair, safety, and cleanliness. Generally, as a property owner, you are responsible for pest and vermin control (including rats, mice, and termites). But a tenancy agreement could push this responsibility to the tenant. Read the terms and conditions carefully.
A tenant might be able to break the lease if she/he told you about the bed bug problem and you did not do anything to rectify the issue. You should never knowingly rent property infested with bed bugs. This is a cause for legal action and you could easily be sued. If a tenant has bed bugs, then he or she should inform you. A tenant cannot just up and leave without trying to fix a problem.