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Are Landlords Responsible for Pest Control in Florida?

Florida has warm weather most of the year. People live in this state to avoid the cold winter months. The mild temperatures in winter make Florida desirable to human beings but also to other species of animal. Bugs, reptiles, rodents, you name it.. If it breathes, it can live in Florida.

It is for this reason that pest control is so important in the Sunshine State. Pests are constantly trying to get into homes and apartments for food, water and shelter. Preventative maintenance is good but sometimes the pests will come anyway.

If you own your home or apartment, you are obviously responsible for your own pest control. But what if you rent? Are you responsible for pest control then?

Under Florida law, your landlord is responsible for pest control if you live in an apartment. But your landlord is not responsible for pest control if you live in a duplex or family home. It is always a good idea to check the lease. There could be a special clause in there about pest control.

We mention preventative maintenance above. The steps you can take to help prevent pests are:

1- Always clean up trash and food debris as you go. Even food left out for a few hours can start an infestation. Crumbs are often a major culprit. They may be tiny to us but to a small insect a crumb is a meal and a sign of a much bigger food source somewhere nearby.

2 – Always tackle pest problems as they arise. If you do not address a pest problem as it becomes first apparent, it can grow fast.

3 – Seal any cracks in the walls or around doors and windows. The better your home is sealed the less likely a scout is to wonder into your home and invite the rest of his pals.

There are natural ways to repel certain pests if they are not already established. You probably have heard the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”. This statement holds true for pests as well.

10 Feb

33 responses to “Are Landlords Responsible for Pest Control in Florida?”

  1. JOSE MARTINEZ says:

    Are landlord’s/ property management responsible for pest control, outside, but on the property? For example, spiders, ants and worms have been all over our vehicles, on the property, in the parking lot. Is the management office responsible for providing pest control service in the parking lots outside?
    Thank you!

    • Pest Management says:

      Hello Jose, The simple answer is you will have to read your lease for details like this. If it doesn’t mention pest control outside then the best idea is to call your landlord or leasing agent.

  2. Susan G. says:

    We are renting a single family home in Florida and hired a Pest Control company to do quarterly applications of pest control outside. We also provided, at move in, Home Defense for the renter to use inside the house to prevent insects, roaches, etc. from coming in, and explained that it should be used to keep the interior bug free. The tenant recently contacted us and said there are roaches in the kitchen. Are we responsible for paying for the exterminator or is the tenant? There are no provisions in the lease regarding pest control.

  3. Charles Mason says:

    Who is responsible for a condo rental?

    • Pest Management says:

      If its not in the lease then you have to take it up with management or your landlord. We have seen cases where the landlord pays and the tenant pays. There is no default setting.

  4. Joanne Millard says:

    Are wasps and wasp nests considered pests? The wasp nest is on my window glass.

    • Pest Management says:

      Yes they are considered a pest to most people. Even though they do help pollenate plants, they can also become very aggressive and seriously injure people and pets. We can take care of it for you. Please call 1-800-781-PEST(7378) for availability and pricing. Thanks

  5. Diane Sawyer says:

    My lease says that the landlord is responsible for ants, mices roaches, rodents, termites but does not mention fruit flys or gnats. Are fruit fly’s/gnats the responsibility of the tenant or landlord?

    • Pest Management says:

      Hello Diane,
      Gnats and fruit flies are usually the responsible of the tenant unless otherwise mentioned in the lease. This is because they are usually brought in with food or plants by the tenant.

  6. Bcpizzo says:

    Our apartment complex doesn’t do regularly scheduled bug spraying. They will come as needed. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Shouldn’t apartments have regular bug spraying schedule?

    • Pest Management says:

      We have see it all over the years. As needed, monthly, bi-monthly, tri-monthly… Just remember, you can always hire your own pest control and it really is pretty inexpensive.

  7. Elizabeth Carrillo says:

    My apartment complex used to spray the grounds for fleas. They no longer do it! My dog is free of fleas until I walk her in our grounds! Are they expected to treat the grounds?

    • Pest Management says:

      This is our take and should not be considered as official legal advice: There is nothing in Florida law about fleas or pest control for common areas. But there is a statute about keeping the common areas “clean and safe”. You can see that information here (click text for link). It may be argued that fleas are not “clean and safe”. A good idea is probably to have several of your fellow tenants and yourself draw up a formal request for the landlord to treat the common areas for pests.

  8. tbond says:

    Question- Didn’t know about the issue until after the lease was signed but the apartment has an issue with roaches. Can the lease be broken if I am not comfortable staying living with this problem?

    • Pest Management says:

      Hello, We don’t know the answer to this question. Its probably something an attorney will need to answer for you.

  9. mark says:

    I am renting a single family home and it says I am responsible for rodents, which we are hearing but the cause of them is a whole in the roof wouldnt the homeowner be responsible for this which is the cause.

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi Mark, the landlord is definitely responsible for repairing the roof, the pest problem is a grey area. You may mention to him or her that you believe the rodent infestation came from the damaged roof and see if they will spring for the pest control cost. Pest control is usually pretty affordable so even if they don’t it shouldn’t set you back too much money. It wouldn’t be worth going to court unless it got expensive. And proving that pests came in after the hole would be hard to do even though common sense dictates that they probably did.

  10. Jen says:

    If it’s the landlord’s responsibility to pay for and take care of pest control, can they still charge the tenant for it? I have never been charged for pest control in my many years of renting, but a new company bought the complex I live in and we have gotten a notice about signing our new lease. Of course they are jacking up the rent, but in addition, there is also verbiage about how we will be charged monthly for pest control (among other things)

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi Jen, In the end, the money to pay for pest control is coming from tenants anyway. It sounds like your new company just decided to itemize it as a new expense. Perhaps they are paying more now. They can pretty much put anything they want in the new lease and it is up to you to sign it, negotiate or walk away. Maybe you can ask them to throw in the pest control for free and you will sign it. As they say, It never hurts to ask. Hope this helps!

  11. Homero says:

    Who is responsible for rodent pest control my lease does not say anything about who is responsible tenant or landlord, now i have a rats infestation do the maintenance of the house who is responsible for the outside to cover the area where the rats came in or show is responsible for the inside since lease does not say anything about pest control.

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi there,
      under Florida Statute 83.51 (2)(a) “Unless otherwise agreed in writing, in addition to the requirements of subsection (1), the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times during the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for: 1. The extermination of rats, mice, roaches, ants, wood-destroying organisms, and bedbugs.”

      So basically if you are renting a house or duplex you are responsible for pest control in and around the home unless otherwise specified in your lease. We hope this information helps. If you are in an apartment the duty falls on the landlord.

  12. Gregory W Smith says:

    I live in an apartment complex in Florida and have notified management that snakes are living under my concrete deck. I told them an exterminator is needed but they haven’t responded? What actions can I take?

    • Pest Management says:

      If management hasn’t replied see if you can dig up your lease to check weather you are permitted to hire a pest control agent on your own. If you are, then a pest specialist should be able to help you get rid of your snake issue.

  13. Luis says:

    Hello, two months ago I informed the owner of my rental that there were termites in the property, the lease says that the owner is in charge of eliminating the termites, but they still have not given me an answer, how much time does the owner need after to be informed to do the inspection and fumigation?

  14. Patrick McNees says:

    I have had termites swarming in my apartment for the last 4+ years. I have sent maintenance requests to the property management company that is responsible for pest control. In 4 years they have never even returned my call or replied via e-mail. Or treated my apartment. I want out of here SOOO bad!!!

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi Patrick, you may want to contact an attorney. Sometimes if a company or person receives a letter with attorney letterhead they become very motivated afterward. Good luck!

  15. This a question, I live in a a apartment with just 4 units. The whole place is infested with roaches. The lease stated that they do pest control outside, but not inside.all 4 apartments are infested . What can I do. We do use spray, commercial grade spray. But every time we spray they just keep come back because Billy’s. What can I do?

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi Alyssa, it may be time to move to a new building. All you can really do at this point is submit complaints and perhaps contact an attorney. Good luck.

  16. Sorry, the whole building is infested so they just keep coming back

  17. Yolanda Quarles says:

    I am renting a 3 story town home and recently realized that there is a huge honey bee infestation on the roof in our AC vents, thus the bees are coming through the vents and into the home. Our lease states “tenant shall be responsible for any and all pest control necessary for the interior and exterior of the premises at tenant’s sole expense”. Can I really be held liable for something out of my control. Its so bad that a roofer, AC man and a beekeeper will need to be hired to remove the hive from the AC vents on the roof. and now there is honeycomb in the vents. I know that florida law statue 83.51 states that the landlord would be responsible, but since that is in the lease the landlords say I have to take care of it. Can I really be held responsible?

    • Pest Management says:

      Hi Yolanda,
      This is not legal advice so please contact and attorney for official legal advice but I believe if it is on your contract that you must take care of pests then you will probably have to pay to have them removed. It is worth a shot to call your landlord and see if they will do it anyway. Also, honeybees are usually valued in the community so there may be local beekeepers that will come by and do it for free. You may want to Google “honey bee rescue” and keywords like that. Thanks

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