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


Jeffrey Shaw

Staff member
Start with s.11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
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.