Is the landlord of a single family home responsible to spray for ants/spiders?

I am a landlord of a single family home. The lease states that the tenants are responsible for routine maintenance and upkeep of the property. The tenants have requested that I get an exterminator to spray for ants and spiders. This has never been a problem in the past. Am I responsible for this?

Asked on July 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Kentucky


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You have unknowingly hit the nail on the head: the lease will govern here.  Now, you could as a landlord be subject to an issue involving a warranty of habitability should the house become uninhabitable and regardless of the lease.  If this is a preventative measure and there are no ants or spiders present, then I see no need at this point.  You will need to judge.  Also, the exterminator can be a deduction to you as an expense for carrying the house.  Good luck.

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