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.


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


Brown rat: 140 – 500 g, 

Black rat: 75 – 230 g,


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
Karin HarndenKarin Harnden
17:14 05 May 24
We thought we had bedbugs but could find no evidence apart from what we thought were bites. I called Bon Accord and Gabriel was there within a couple of hours. He told us we had carpet beetle. Finding the evidence and showing us photos of the skin reaction which was exactly what we had. He advised and returned at a time to suit us to spray which was done thoroughly and efficiently. No sign of the little critters returning. Thank you Gabriel.
Luiza LoboLuiza Lobo
21:02 11 Apr 24
Gabriel went above and beyond. He is extremely knowledgable and very efficient at what he does. The results were outstanding. Nothing is too much for him. Delighted with his professionalism and work.
sam zsam z
19:11 03 Apr 24
Top-notched pest control service!! Went above and beyond to eradicate the rats from our property. Gabriel even offered to further investigate the infestation issues for our neighbours. We found him to be extremely professional and easy to work with. We highly recommend Gabriel to anyone in need of pest control.
23:29 02 Apr 24
Gabriel provided great service , responded quickly on an emergency for pest infestation, professional and friendly. No more pests at home.
Felicity GrayFelicity Gray
21:53 02 Apr 24
Gabriel was absolutely wonderful, a real life saver when I found a mouse by my bed at 10pm. He came in less than an hour and was able to catch the mouse and put my mind at rest so I could go to sleep! Highly recommend, fab service and lovely people.
Med KashaniMed Kashani
10:54 24 Feb 24
Gabriel turned up with an hours notice one evening and immediately identified the issued. He works efficiently and professionally throughout with timely follow-ups to ensure the problem was resolved. Once completed he was kind enough to continue to check in to see that the issue had gone. Having had Rentokil previously that spent two years doing very little this was a complete breathe of fresh air and solved the problem in less than two weeks. We are grateful and would highly recommend his services.
Nesma TalaatNesma Talaat
20:26 20 Feb 24
We were lucky to have found Bon Accord, they responded very fast to our request and Gabriel was very helpful and informative. He made several visits and did his absolute best until the mice problem we had was gone. Highly recommended.

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