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QT

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When the tenants moved in , there are no roaches in the rental property.
a year later, they complained about having roaches in the kitchen.
I hired professional pest control to get rid of roaches.
The property does not have any more roaches after that.

Is it legal for me to hold tenant responsible for paying pest control service if roaches come back?


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You can if your lease/rental agreement states that the tenant is responsible for maintaining the unit in the condition it was rented to them (and the condition you gave it to them was clean/free of pests).  You will also have to prove that the infestation was caused/due to a breach on their part as a result of them not maintaining the unit.  However regardless, CA law (like most state's laws) requires that tenants keep the unit clean, maintained, etc. The only reason I make mention of making sure your rental agreement contains this language is for redundancy - it makes it that much more difficult for them to dispute it and for a (you know what kind I'm talking about) judge to rule such a claim in favor of the tenant.  The best way to accomplish this is have your pest control technician document the conditions that they observed that would have been the cause/likely cause for the infestation (hence they we're being less then clean, etc). Otherwise, it's on you. 

QT

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I will type up the new contract and have them sign.
Thanks MikeTfromCA!

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The other added benefit of having that in your rental agreement with them is that should you ever notice that they're falling behind on their cleanliness in the future (i.e. you went into their unit to perform a repair and notice the place was a pigsty), you could serve them with a 3 day 'perform or quit' notice to clean up their mess.  As I previously mentioned, the law already requires them to maintain their unit, be clean, etc, but having the verbiage already written in your agreement with them serves to reinforce the point.   
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These kind of pest are a very common problem in these days and we need to find out a better solution of these little insects. These insects are little in size but the effects of these are very big and dangerous.What should we do to remove these quickly share your ideas.
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