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Who is responsible for rat removal, tenants or landlords?

When you have moved into a rental property, the last thing you would expect to find is rats, or evidence of rats. Sadly, rats are very common creatures to have around, particularly if the building is not maintained to high standards. The smallest of cracks can let these rodents in, and once they’re in, they not only destroy everything in their path, but they spread a host of diseases, cause a great commotion, and can cause quite the stink too.

Who is responsible for rat removal, tenants or landlords?
The answer to this question is often the landlord. Why? Because it is the landlord’s responsibility to keep the home maintained and habitable. A rodent infestation can quickly cause a property to be uninhabitable, particularly with the vast array of diseases that they can spread. That’s before you even think about the amount of damage and destruction these creatures can cause too. They can cause damage to entire electrical wiring systems in the home, requiring costly repairs, and they can also pose a great fire hazard too. All it take is for one of those chewed-bare wires to come into contact with some attic insulation and you have the right combinations for a house fire that could put all of the household in danger.

On the other side of the coin, certain rat infestations could actually be caused by the tenant, at which point it would be their responsibility to sort the problem out. If you throw garbage out in the alley right next to your home, there’s a good chance that rats will congregate in that area. If they get close enough to your house to see if they can break in, they will do just that. They wouldn’t have been there at all if it weren’t for the garbage that has been thrown out with no due care or attention, so technically, the garbage - the tenants - would be responsible for it.

The same applies to pet food too - if you regularly put cat and dog food down, for example, and don’t clean it up afterwards, you are just inviting rodents and other wild animals into your home. Even if your landlord or landlady were to keep up with regular maintenance on your home, the rats would still do what they could to break in, and that would be down to you and the mess you were leaving around.

Rat traps … that’s probably a judgement call. They are quite cheap, so if you could afford to buy a few and scatter them around, you’ll be getting a head start on the problem. You will more than likely need to set a few around, so taking half of the responsibility would be the moral thing to do.

In conclusion, rat removal is the responsibility of everyone - tenants, landlords, and homeowners. If you are renting a place, make sure that you keep things nice and tidy. Don’t leave food around for rats and other animals to eat from, and if you notice any evidence of rats, or other animal invaders, make sure you report it immediately. If you spot a patch of damage around your home, report it immediately. You will need to work together to resolve the rat problem, and taking everything in consideration, it would be safe to say that both the tenant and the landlord would be responsible for rat removal.

For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions. If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over 200 rat removal companies servicing 95% of the USA. we can help your with your rat problem!

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