Is the Tenant or Landlord Responsible for Pest Control?

In an ideal situation, no landlord or tenant would ever have to deal with pests in or around a rental property. However, pest infestations are common, especially if landlords and tenants don’t take certain precautions. 

Understanding state laws is essential for landlords. If you own a rental property in Maryland, what are you responsible for when it comes to preventing pests or dealing with an infestation? 

Pest Control Responsibilities According to Maryland Law

In Maryland, landlords must provide a pest-free dwelling for any tenants moving in. Once the tenant is living on the property, it becomes their responsibility to keep the property clean and prevent pest infestations to the best of their ability. 

In some cases, pests can become an issue even if tenants have been doing their due diligence. Landlords are required to respond to reports of insects, rodents, and other pests promptly and take quick action to fix the issue. 

If landlords are slow to respond to pest issues, they could become completely liable for any damage or safety concerns, even if the tenant was at fault for the infestation. 

How Can Tenants Prevent Pests? 

One of the biggest risk factors for pests in living spaces is food waste. When food and food waste is disposed of improperly, it can attract a variety of animals and create an infestation. 

Any receptacles containing organic waste should be well-sealed and kept in the exterior of the property. If tenants notice any signs of pests, it’s their responsibility to report it to their landlord as soon as possible. 

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