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When you first sit down with the landlord of your newly rented (or soon to be rented) residence, you will want to ask any and every question that crosses your mind to avoid confusion down the line concerning to whom falls what sort of maintenance and repair. For most renters, however, there are a number of scenarios that do not occur to them in the beginning. For this reason, it is helpful to pay careful attention to terms spelled out in your rental agreement concerning the primary categories of responsibility. For instance, the landlord as the property's owner is normally responsible for repairs within the home not directly attributed to you or your house guests.

There are some laws in place that dictate what property owners must do in terms of upkeep and maintenance; before you ever seek a rental residence in the first place, it is a good idea to thoroughly inform yourself of not only legal requirements within this area, but also the local norms. When it comes time to negotiate a lease agreement or to initiate any further contact with your landlord, you will need to understand common practices regarding the topic at hand so that you can speak reasonably and confidently and remember it is not as hard as choosing subleasers. One arena about which some renters express confusion is that of pest control: is it the chief responsibility of the landlord or the tenant? Before you sign your rental agreement, make sure you have some verification that problems of this sort will be handled by the owner.

Making Your Request Reasonably

If you have found that your rental residence has a pest problem -- either clusters of wasp nests in the yard or an infestation of ants or other insects -- you will need to speak with your landlord immediately. If the problem is a relatively small one, such a single-file line of ants taken care of effectively with a spray can, the matter is probably not worth bringing up at all, as this is an expected occurrence within any residence and does not necessarily hint to ongoing trouble. If you find that bugs or rodents are routinely encroaching on your property in a manner that disturbs your routine, it stands to reason that correcting the infestation could be an invasive and costly process.

Most landlords, with the writing of their standard rental agreement, promise to handle major maintenance issues which are not directly caused by the present tenant, especially those that in any way could threaten the tenant's safety. An indoor infestation could certainly qualify for this stipulation, and you will probably meet with no resistance in suggesting that an effective means of pest control be sought. However, this matter can appear slightly more ambiguous if the infestation is outdoors.

Pests in the yard are usually more difficult to control than those which have found a secret route to the inside of a rental property. When you bring up a problem related to the outdoor presence of pests or ask landlords about pest control, it is important to describe the problem in detail, not exaggerating whatsoever, and to calmly explain why the level of infestation you have noticed is bothersome to you. Anthills, for instance, may not be given a second glance by a tenant who rarely steps foot in the yard except in passing through; for those tenants with children who often play in the yard, a backyard colony of large ants can truly prove cumbersome. If you have solid, logical reasons for needing certain pests removed from the premises, and you approach your landlord in a cooperative rather than combative manner, you should find the process simple and positive.

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