Pest Control

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Foreshadow, 12th Jun, 2023.

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My responsibilty

  1. Pay invoice only for pipe

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  2. Pay for invoice + pest control

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  3. Tenants problem for all

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  1. Foreshadow

    Foreshadow Well-Known Member

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    I purchased this property with the current tenant about 14 months ago. In this time I have had 2 call outs for water leaks under the sink.

    The latest last week came to $250 to repair the dishwasher water Inlet pipe that had been chewed through by rats. PM has sent me this bill to pay, as well as recommended i pay for a pest control treatment.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends a bit on whether the tenants want the rat bait sitting around though.... but getting rid of rats means less repeat repairs hopefully.

    The Y-man
     
  3. Stoffo

    Stoffo Well-Known Member

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    Rats are there for warmth and food, I'd be suspecting you have some issues with cleanliness, when was your last inspection ?
    Definitely take actions to remove the rodents !
     
  4. Foreshadow

    Foreshadow Well-Known Member

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    Property was last inspected in March with no issues identified.

    I have always been of the opinion pest control was the tenants responsibility, especially this far into a tenancy. Interesting a few of you are of the opinion its a cost i should bear.
     
  5. Stoffo

    Stoffo Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, but I'd be spending the few hundred dollars now before the rodents eat through some electricals possibly causing a fire !!!!!
     
  6. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    allow a cat :)

    Permanent solution

    Or a carpet python

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  7. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Not sure about Syd, There's a pretty bad rat plague going on in suburban melb the past year.

    We're constantly baiting - these buggers chew threw anything. I didn't know what was doing it until one day in broad daylight, I see this furry little grey mouse like creature looking at me with big black eyes (awww.....) before scampering off. Anyways, I always thought rather stereotypically that rats were big back ugly creatures - not this little grey thing.... but a bit or research later - ok it's a rat.

    They eat veges (even pumpkins), raid the worm farm, etc etc - and I would not be surprised if they go through a hose or cable.

    The Y-man
     
  8. Tom Rivera

    Tom Rivera Property Manager Business Member

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    If the tenants are not found to be contributing to the pest problem then they are not responsible to pay for it.
     
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