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Old 01-20-2009, 06:00 PM
 
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Question Is lanlord responsible for ant infestation?

My tenant complaints about ant infestation. I would like to know if anybody knows what Georgia law says about the responsibility of ANT infestation. Because in Georgia, there are a lot of different types of ants.

I live in a newly built house and still get a lot of small regular ants when it's the season. I have to claim that my hygienic habits are excellent. I clean everything right after I cook and eat. I have gotten a lot of compliment about how clean my house is, so it is NOT me who invites the ants to my house. My husband and I suspect that the ants are coming from some tiny cracks or ways from the foundation up to the first floor. Having said that, I cannot control the ants in my rental property, either. What should I do now for my tenant? Thanks
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Are you providing your tenant with monthly pest control spray services?

Maybe someone else can help regarding if there are actually any "laws" regarding this, but it's considered standard by some landlords to spray rentals monthly, even if the landlord does it themselves as opposed to using a service.

Look at it this way - are the tenants good ones, or ones you want to move out? If you want them to stay, try professional pest control. If you want them to move, leave it as it is and maybe they'll get fed up and move out. Either way, I know that in the past I never rented a place unless pest control was included in the rent.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Buford, Ga.
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[SIZE=3]Pest control is the tenant’s responsibility. If the landlord sprays, then he is responsible for the any problems due to the chemicals used. Even if they use a reputable company, the landlord is ultimately responsible. I don’t know of any laws covering this, but the liability alone is enough for the landlord to never do this.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]I heard a story a few weeks ago where a tenant was bug bombing his home and somehow the cans blew up and destroyed the house. So be careful with what you are doing. I know of a property management company that supplies fly swatters to their tenants.[/SIZE]
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