From the landlord perspective, it’s reasonable to expect your tenants to take care of their own apartments — but the law requires a habitable home, including a pest-free environment.
In many cases, your tenant may be able to withhold rent, break the lease, or demand that you pay for pest control services. By the time the situation has boiled over into housing court, the costs run far higher than commercial pest management programs to prevent infestations.
Be Proactive and Hire a Professional
Landlords may be tempted to take the DIY route and treat a unit on their own. Laws in New York and other states, however, state that you must be a licensed exterminator to treat apartments.
Using the wrong chemicals or too much of them can result in additional health risks. For prevention and extermination, you need a commercial pest management company to determine the best course of action.
Beware of Bed Bugs
In the New York and New Jersey area, bed bugs continue to attack and infest multi-unit dwellings in great numbers. Tenants are very likely to raise a legal battle over bed bug problems in apartments because of the health risks and property damage involved. Put things on lockdown and hire a bed bug exterminator.
Untreated pest infestations can lead to enormous legal costs and damaged reputations for landlords. Before the problem grows, talk to Stern Environmental Group about treatment services for landlords.