Who is responsible for pest control, landlord or tenant?
Typical pest control that a landlord is responsible for includes termites, wasps, bees. and any typical bug spraying of the building before you rent. If your landlord does not perform pest control, you generally can make a request for improvement and wait enough time in which it is reasonable for the landlord to respond and comply. Afterward it is your right to get the necessary pest control service and deduct the cost from your following month’s rent.
If your apartment happens to be unfit or uninhabitable as a result of pests that were not a direct result of your negligence, then it is your responsibility to resolve the issue out of pocket.
Most likely the landlord is Always responsible for pest control service. But some times tenant brings used furniture from outside the street or rental places which likely shared bug in the furniture it self and tenants dont know. In this case both are responsible so problem dont continue to spread. http://www.maximumpestcontrol.ca
If pest extermination is not specifically mentioned and the problem does not arise due to tenant issues (like not taking out your rubbish or poor hygiene issues) then a good argument can be made that the landlord has breached his obligation under the lease to provide for quiet enjoyment of the premises. This is generally a matter of contract law and will be considered as such if it ever goes to court. You paid good money for a place to live and the landlord has to provide a good place to live, etc., all as set forth in the details of the lease. To bring the matter to a head, you can call in and pay for the exterminator in the first instance and then send the bill to the landlord. If the landlord refuses, you may have the option of filing a small claim against the landlord or (depending on the terms of the lease) withholding that amount of money from the next rent payment. It may then become an issue if the landlord claims non-payment of rent and either serves you with a notice to quit