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How to Deal with Bugs and Pests in Your Salem, OR Rental Property

Mendell Gosnell - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The topic of bugs and pests comes up for landlords from time to time and we deal with it frequently as professional property managers. One of the greatest challenges comes in assessing who is responsible for taking care of these unwanted critters. At Centurion Real Estate Management, we have a written policy that addresses this question and we also provide our tenants with as much education as possible at the beginning of the tenancy – particularly during the move in process.

It is the responsibility of the landlord is to hand over a bug and pest-free dwelling. Then, it is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the property in that condition. If there is going to be a problem, it usually arises during the tenancy when the residents call stating they have a huge infestation of sugar ants in their kitchen. In theory, that’s easy to resolve because ants are attracted to food and the tenants are probably providing a food source. However, the tenants are usually not happy, thinking it’s the landlord’s responsibility to exterminate them.

Multi-unit buildings also have the potential to present problems. It’s more difficult to determine who is responsible for attracting the unwanted pests or with which tenant the bug problem originated. Ants sometimes are a result of nature taking effect, just like bees, termites and other bugs. They tend to arrive with different seasons and weather patterns.

The most important thing you can do is to understand the health and safety concerns involved with these types of problems, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the landlords and the tenants. Adhere to and be aware of the local and state statutes and laws that apply to these situations. Use extermination services when necessary, and conduct proper follow up.

We balance taking care of the properties we manage and looking out for the best interest of our owners with keeping our tenants happy. If you have further questions about controlling bugs and other pests, contact us at Centurion Real Estate Management.

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