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Pests/New Leases (by Anon [NH]) Jul 9, 2018 1:32 PM
       Pests/New Leases (by Kurt [MI]) Jul 9, 2018 2:50 PM
       Pests/New Leases (by AllyM [NJ]) Jul 9, 2018 7:13 PM
       Pests/New Leases (by Vee [OH]) Jul 9, 2018 7:45 PM
       Pests/New Leases (by Joun [NY]) Jul 10, 2018 1:29 AM
       Pests/New Leases (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Jul 10, 2018 1:51 PM

Pests/New Leases (by Anon [NH]) Posted on: Jul 9, 2018 1:32 PM

In an empty apartment if you are reasonably sure you can get rid of the pests before new tenants move in, do you tell the new tenants before they sign a lease or keep quiet, treat religiously for a few weeks and say a prayer? What have you done? Bed bugs, roaches, ants, etc?

Pests/New Leases (by Kurt [MI]) Posted on: Jul 9, 2018 2:50 PM

It's tough to be "sure" with bed bugs for one. They can stay hidden in the walls/crack/crevices for many many months if they aren't lured out.

I have told tenants that bed bugs were found and professionally treated and the company believes them to be gone and safe to rent. But no guarantee can be made (the company will not make such a claim, I have seen that some people have found companies that will). With this disclaimer you accept that if any are found yada yada yada

Then if they agree (which not all will) and bugs are found again, they have no recourse.

Then once a tenant comes and goes without complaint, I no longer include the disclaimer.

I don't believe there is any legal obligation to disclose (in MI anyway). So it is kind of a treat people how you'd want to be treated in this case.

You don't want to be known to have a "bed bug house" and further, that you lie about it. I've found if you are upfront your reputation will be attacked less.

Pests/New Leases (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 9, 2018 7:13 PM

I would treat and make sure they are gone before relisting. Once they are gone there is no need to tell the tenant they were even there. After all, they are gone. You might say, we have treated this unit to make sure there are no insects. If they say were there some, then be truthful. I suspect that bedbugs were in one of my units but when the tenant left and took her furniture and mattress, and I had the carpets cleaned, there were none, ever. Roaches are a little harder to get rid of because they live in the walls. Get it treated. Get the exterminator to come back and check and give you some paper that says it's bug free.

Pests/New Leases (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 9, 2018 7:45 PM

A owner/manager wishing to have nice places will treat as soon as the keys are taken for a unit going to turnover, why tempt fate for 30-35bux worth of stuff?

Pests/New Leases (by Joun [NY]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 1:29 AM


Please explain what you mean when you say "30-35 dollars worth of stuff? Do you mean poisons? Thank you

Pests/New Leases (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 1:51 PM

We have every property treated between turn overs and have a bed bug inspection. Nothing kills a sale or a rental faster than someone seeing insects/bugs running around.

We give all new tenants a copy of the treatment service and tell them any bugs after they move in is on them. --71.75.xx.xx

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