Moths

#1
Hi

I have discovered that there is an infestation of moths at one of my properties. The tenants had not informed me, although when I visited a couple of months ago, they said they had previously had a problem with moths that they had resolved. It now seems that the moths are active and eating the carpets, which will need replacing. I checked the tenancy agreement but couldn't see anything about pests. Are pests generally the responsibility of the landlord? Thanks

Lynne
 

Jeffrey Shaw

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#2
Start with s.11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1985/70/section/11
That deals with L's responsibilities for repairs etc. Unless L is responsible, T should be.
But damage caused to the carpets might be classed as fair wear and tear- if so, L cannot claim that T is in breach (unless T actively caused it).
I'd suggest checking the property insurance policy in case it covers this type of damage.