Tenants usually have to contend with various issues when the time comes to move out and end their lease. Every lease agreement typically includes a bond, which serves as a security deposit to protect the property owner in case the tenant fails to fulfill any duties under the agreement. At the end of the lease term or when the tenant intends to end the lease, the bond can only be returned to the tenant upon fulfillment of some requirements.
Among the usual requirements for the return of the bond and to clear the tenant of any other obligation under the lease are general cleaning and pest control. In such cases, it always benefits the tenant to hire a reliable pest control service to make sure that the pest control is performed properly.
Read the Fine Print on Pest Control
It is often not clear which part of the pest control that the tenant will have to handle. It is best to consult the lease agreement for guidance. However, tenants can generally rely on the logic that is usually the basis of the provisions of the lease. At the beginning of the lease, the landlord is expected to deliver the premises to the tenant in good condition and free of pests.
The tenant, during the period of tenancy, is expected to take good care of the premises. At the end of the lease, the premises should be as good as it was at the beginning of the lease. This means that if fleas started to appear in the property because of the pets that the tenant keeps, it is right for the tenant to be responsible for such pests. If the tenant has not been maintaining cleanliness in the property, causing pests to proliferate, it becomes obvious that pest control is the tenant’s responsibility.
Every lease should be clear about pest control at the end of the term. If the lease is not too clear, it may be good to consult with the property owner or manager about this to avoid future conflicts.
Consider a Termite Barrier if You’re a Property Investor
As a property investor, it may also be worthwhile considering a Termite Barrier, especially on the east coast of Australia. Not only will this add value to your property, it will reduce the risk of a termite infestation. There are 2 types of barriers commonly used in Australia; Physical or Chemical. A physical barrier is usually added at the time of construction (if you choose timber), where as a chemical barrier is usually added after the construction, usually to older established properties
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The Right Pest Control Can Make a Difference
If the pest control, whether for all pests or for a specific pest, is determined to be the responsibility of the tenant, the best way to deal with it is by hiring a professional pest service.
Entrusting this job to the pest control specialist will help guarantee that the bond will be returned to the tenant the soonest time possible.