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One of the most distressing issues that many tenants face is the realisation that people are not the only residents in your own home. Pest infestation can come in many forms; from rats and mice, to bedbugs and silverfish – and can be caused by a number of issues; from structural disrepair to improper disposal of food and household waste.
As well as being highly unpleasant, there are a number of other issues that can arise because of pest infestation. Not only can pests cause damage to your property, in cases of severe infestation, yours and your family’s health can be put at serious risk.
How living with vermin can affect your health
Living with household vermin can be damaging to both yours, and your family’s, health and wellbeing. Mice and rats, for example, can significantly add to the risk of spreading disease by contaminating food and food preparation surfaces, and just one female mouse can have approximately 5-10 litters of young per year.
Similarly, cockroaches can also contribute to the spread of disease, as they are known to carry bacteria on their body that can contaminate food, as well as areas where food is prepared. Additionally, and perhaps even more scarily, cockroaches have been known to not only invade your home but also your body, with several recorded cases of cockroaches entering the ear and nose canals while the victim is sleeping.
How living with pests can affect your property
In addition to the health issues pests bring into your home, they are also known for causing serious damage to your property – which can not only be expensive to fix but can put your wellbeing at risk. Mice and rats may also chew through electrical cables within walls and ceiling spaces, which can lead to a multitude of issues, including fires or electric shocks.
Silverfish can also have a huge impact on your property, destroying old books, leather clothing, quality wallpapers and other everyday objects. What’s worse, silverfish can live for up to 5 years and can survive for several weeks without water, and for a whole year without food.
Is your landlord not dealing with vermin in your home?
If the pest control issues you are faced with have been caused by the conditions of the property, or were a problem prior to you moving in, in most cases, your landlord is legally responsible to deal with the problem. This will include:
Fixing any damage to the structure of the building which may be an entrance for rats or mice
Paying for the professional extermination or removal of the vermin in the property
Repairing any damage that has been caused by the pests or vermin, such as; damage to electrical wiring, and fixing holes in pipes, walls or brickwork that rats or mice may have chewed through
At CEL Solicitors, our expert social housing solicitors believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and disease-free property, so we take a landlord’s obligations very seriously.
Though you may be nervous about the thought of claiming against your landlord, it is important that you understand that you don’t have to suffer unnecessarily. To find out your rights as a tenant if your landlord is not fixing any problems or issues with vermin and pest control, contact our friendly team of solicitors today on 0151 909 8212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.