Who is responsible for rats in a rented property

Find out who is responsible for rats in a rented property.

Your landlord is responsible for rat control in rented propert if:

  • Repairs are needed to stop rats from getting in.
  • The rats can make your home unsafe to live in.

If you notice signs of rats in rented property the first thing you should do is to call your landlord. It is the landlord’s responsibility to protect the property from rodents like rats and mice.

Over a third of tenants have had to deal with pests at rented accommodation, and one common reason for this is because there’s a repair issue with property.

Your landlord should fix any cracks, gaps or holes that could allow unwanted guests, such as rats to come in. This includes external wall cracks and holes in the roof, broken vents and windows.

Who is responsible for rats in a rented property
Who is responsible for rats in a rented property

 

Are landlords responsible for pest control UK

Yes, landlords are responsible for pest control in the UK. This is because they have a duty of care to their tenants and must make sure that their property is free from any pests that could make the tenant’s life difficult. 

Your landlord is responsible for pest control if:

  • Repairs are needed to stop pests from getting in.
  • An infestation can make your home unsafe for you to live in.

Repairs

One of the most common reasons pests like mice and rats could get into your home is because there’s a repair issue with your property.

Your landlord should fix cracks and gaps that pests can get through, such as holes in external walls, broken air vents, bricks and damaged doors and windows.

Unsafe home

Your landlord is responsible for providing a quality house, and this includes making sure that the home you are renting is fit to live in.

If your home is unfit to live in because a pest problem is affecting your health or stopping you from using some of the property, you may be able to take action.

What diseases do rats carry

Rats carry a wide range of diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, LCMV, Salmonella and Tularemia. Wild rodents may cause a lot of damage when they chew through wiring in homes, cars and other places.

Types of rats in the UK

We have two species of rats in the UK. Brown rats and black rats. One of the most common is Rattus Norvegicus, also known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The other type of rat is Rattus Rattus, more commonly referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat. This type of rat is now rare in the UK.

How big can rats get

Mass:

Brown rat: 140 – 500 g, 

Black rat: 75 – 230 g,

Length: 

Black rat: 20 cm, 

Bushy-tailed woodrat: 21 cm

What you get with Bon Accord

We guarantee to catch and eliminate any pest.

At Bon Accord we offer same day pest control at the best prices in Greater London, with a guarantee.

We build our services around your schedule, so we’ll be there whenever you need us. Our technician will inspect your property, block pest entry points and leave your home completely pest free.

Whether you need someone on-call or a scheduled visit, we’re flexible and can even help with every issue from patching rodent entry points to pest removal, extermination and regular inspections. We always leave your property free from pests.

You’ll get:

  • 24/7 helpline and support: We work 7 days a week, 
  • Full range of pest control measures:
  • Up to 6-months guarantee: We will keep your property safe and pest free
  • Humane & Eco-friendly service

We also offer:

  • Dead animal removal: we dispose of rodent carcasses on your property.
  • Pest proofing: to protect your home and business from future infestation
  • Disinfection: service to remove traces of an invasion, from mouse droppings, bed bugs to bird guano

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