As a landlord, it's essential to understand what the state requires of you regarding pest control. Infestations of rodents, insects, and other pests can become a significant issue for tenants and landlords. In this blog post, we'll discuss California's laws for landlords renting out property in the state and what to do if you encounter an infestation.
California’s Pest Control Regulations for Rental Properties
According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, landlords in California are required by law to provide their tenants with safe living conditions, which includes protecting them from any pest infestations.
This means that before renting out the property, it must first be inspected by a licensed exterminator or pest control specialist. The exterminator should be able to identify any existing infestations and make recommendations for preventative measures to help keep the rental free of pests. Landlords need to note that these inspections should be done annually as part of their routine maintenance check-ups.
Pest Control Addendum
It is highly recommended to draw up a pest control addendum and include this in the rental agreement. Ensure the renter and the landlord sign the document as proof that both parties are aware of the pest control agreement.
This document should also outline the tenant's financial responsibilities for pest control if there is evidence their actions caused an infestation.
Provide Notice of Pest Control Treatment
Since 1984, California law requires the owner or landlord of the rental property to provide the tenant(s) notice of the treatment and pesticides. Additional notice provisions will need to be made for tenants who run an in-home daycare or childcare service.
According to the California Civil Code Section 1941.2, if there is proof the actions of the tenant caused a pest infestation or damage to the property, they are responsible for the removal of the pests.
Common Ways Tenants Cause Infestations
- Bringing in bedbugs or fleas from outside sources, such as a hotel stay.
- Improper sanitary practices, such as leaving food out or in unsealed containers.
Pest Prevention Tips for Landlords
The best way for landlords to protect their rental properties from pests is through prevention. Some tips for preventing pest infestations include:
- Regularly inspect all areas of the property
- Seal off any cracks or crevices around windows or doors
- Ensure proper drainage outside the building
- Avoid clutter inside or outside the building
Landlords should use high-quality caulk around windows and door frames to prevent pests from entering through these points of entry. Finally, removing standing water around outdoor areas can help discourage mosquitoes and other flying insects from breeding near your rental property.
What Landlords Should Do In the Event of An Infestation
Certain procedures must be followed if an infestation occurs during a tenant's stay.
Landlords must first inform their tenants about the situation right away so they can take appropriate action. Next, the landlord should contact a licensed exterminator who can inspect the property and determine what pests have infiltrated it.
Once identified, the exterminator will determine what treatment is needed to eradicate them. This could include chemical treatments or trapping devices.
After treatments have been completed, the landlord should follow up with another inspection to eliminate all pests before allowing any new tenants into the property.
Understanding Pest Control in California
When renting out property in California, knowing how to handle potential pest infestations is essential for landlords and tenants alike. By following California's guidelines regarding inspections and treatments for existing or potential infestations, landlords can ensure their rental properties remain safe from unwanted guests while also providing their tenants with peace of mind knowing they are being taken care of appropriately. With this knowledge under your belt as a landlord in California, you can rest easy knowing your rental properties are well protected!
If you are in need of a pest inspection or treatment for your rental property, our experts at Econex Pest Management are here to help! Contact us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment. (888) 508-4205