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Landlord responsibilities when it comes to mice

There can be a fine line between tenant and landlord when it comes to pest problems. It can be confusing to determine who is responsible for what. Rodent infestations happen all the time and not just inside rundown buildings and homes. Even new and well-maintained homes can get mice. If you find signs of mice in your rental make sure to read any tenant-landlord agreements or laws to understand your responsibilities.

It’s up to the landlord to provide a safe and healthy living environment

When discovering mice in your rental it’s best to contact the landlord right away. It’s their responsibility to get rid of any pests. Mice aren’t part of clean and safe living conditions. The landlord must do everything they need to get rid of mice. If pest controllers require tenants to leave the premises they might be responsible for covering temporary accommodation.


Mouse droppings below bathroom sink.

It’s up to tenants to keep the property clean

If the infestation is the result of property neglect then the tenant is responsible for removing any infestation. Mouse populations can get out of hand quickly in messy and sanitary conditions. They thrive on clutter and discarded food. Piled up dishes, garbage, overflow of junk. These are responsibilities of the tenant.

What if the landlord refuses to provide mouse removal?

The first thing tenants should do in this circumstance is check any local landlord-tenant laws and their lease agreement or contract. Make sure you’re aware of who’s responsible for what. These things are in place to protect tenants. Some options could be hiring a rodent control service yourself and deducting the expense off the rent, withholding rent or suing in small claims court. Also, you can report landlords to local health or building authorities. But, it’s important to research how you can go about doing these things in your area.


A mouse entry point where two fascia boards come together. Dark stains are a sign of mouse activity.

Landlords can face scrutiny from government health and building code agencies

If problems aren’t resolved there can be serious legal repercussions for failing to provide a proper living environment. This could seriously damage your business and investment. Know the laws and rules for landlord-tenant relationships in your province.

Signs of mouse infestation

  • Scratching and rustling sounds.
  • Mouse or nest sighting.
  • Debris from nest construction.
  • Strange odours.

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Both tenants and landlords need to work together to prevent mouse infestations. It’s in their both their interests to prevent mice from taking over. Tenants don’t want to live with mice and mouse infestations can impact landlords financially.

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, if you discover evidence of a mouse infestation make sure to contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Rodent problems can quickly get out of control. It’s important to get help as soon as you find mice.

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