Bed bugs are, without a doubt, a nightmare for everyone. The resident who gets them receives bites that itch, has chronic worry, and difficulty sleeping. The landlord is faced with the task of getting rid of these little monsters, which is far harder than you might think.
At Platinum Pest Solutions, we believe that landlords should be prepared for eventual bed bug problems. To do this, landlords should consider adding a bed bug lease addendum so that the tenant is held responsible for any bed bugs he or she brings into the unit.
Bed Bugs: An Overview
The individual unlucky enough to experience bed bugs can be mentally scarred by even the possibility of bed bugs in future beds. And bed bugs don’t discriminate. They typically inhabit areas that are cluttered, making hoarders likely candidates for bed bugs. But even in a perfectly clean apartment, bed bugs can still appear. To check for bed bugs, individuals should look at the corner of mattresses and check for droppings, which is a sign of an infestation.
These bed bugs aren’t easy to get rid of, either. One of the more effective treatments is heat, but it’s often difficult to raise the temperature to a high level for a long enough time to kill them all. There is also the option of freezing them, which is even harder to do effectively. Then there’s the option of trying to kill them with food and natural sources, which generally doesn’t work. Even when the bed bug treatment is complete, tenants will usually have to throw out all of their things to remove all traces of bed bugs from the apartment unit. All of these bed bug treatments come at a cost, and it’s important to protect yourself as a landlord. That’s where bed bug lease addenda can protect you.
Bed Bug Lease Addendum
This is effectively a form a tenant signs that accepts responsibility for bed bugs in the unit. If there are bed bugs found in the unit, the resident will pay for the treatment and removal of bed bugs from that unit. This addendum also has the resident agree to notify the landlord of the bed bug problem when it is found, before it can spread. If it does spread, landlords will be left with the increased cost of treating each unit in a building.
Of course, being vigilant is just as important as the bed bug lease addendum. Apartment inspections can help landlords notice behaviors that can lead to bed bug problems before it happens. Still, it’s best to have the bed bug lease addendum so that landlords can pass the cost of treatment onto their tenants instead of simply paying for treatment for the tenants.
If you have a bed bug infestation in your building, or if you want to be prepared for future infestations, contact Platinum Pest Solutions to learn more about the available services.