Am I responsible for pest control when I leave?

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (2008)(Qld) states that at the start of a tenancy the lessor must ensure the premises and inclusions are clean and in good repair and the premises are fit for the tenant live in. This means that at commencement of the tenancy the lessor must ensure the premises are free of all pest and vermin and also has the obligation to keep the premises in that condition throughout the tenancy.  The Act provides that the lessor cannot contract out of their specific obligations by trying to pass on pest control requirements onto the tenant.

You (the tenant) will need to keep the place clean having regard to the condition of the property at the start of the tenancy and not do anything to cause a pest infestation. However, if you kept pets during the tenancy, you need to ensure the premises is free of pests or engage a professional pest control service when you leave. Make sure you keep any receipts to show you have taken reasonable steps to reduce any pest control problem.

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