Bedbug Form (by Hoosier [IN]) Jun 13, 2018 4:55 AM|
Bedbug Form (by S i d [MO]) Jun 13, 2018 5:32 AM
Bedbug Form (by bet [MA]) Jun 13, 2018 6:01 AM
Bedbug Form (by S i d [MO]) Jun 13, 2018 6:07 AM
Bedbug Form (by LisaFL [FL]) Jun 13, 2018 6:12 AM
Bedbug Form (by LisaFL [FL]) Jun 13, 2018 6:13 AM
Bedbug Form (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Jun 13, 2018 6:36 AM
Bedbug Form (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 13, 2018 7:46 AM
Bedbug Form (by Still Learning [NH]) Jun 13, 2018 11:17 AM
Bedbug Form (by Hoosier [IN]) Jun 13, 2018 2:28 PM
Bedbug Form (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 13, 2018 5:11 PM
Bedbug Form (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 13, 2018 5:12 PM
Bedbug Form (by Vee [OH]) Jun 14, 2018 4:11 AM
Bedbug Form (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jun 14, 2018 5:07 AM
Bedbug Form (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 4:55 AM
Do you have a bedbug "form" you have tenants sign? If so, in general what do you say in it?
I have one currently and say somehting like "No bedbugs were noted during cleaning/inspection pre-move in. Any future bedbugs are therefore related to tenant and any treatment will be the responsibility of the tenant"
I also have some bullet points discussing "key facts" about bedbugs that tenants should know prior to bringing in their "stuff"
Anything wrong with that? Any suggestions for improving?
Bedbug Form (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 5:32 AM
Copied and pasted from my lease, which has been reviewed by my attorney...YMMV.
Pests / Extermination. If pests or vermin are reported during the first 30 days of this lease agreement, except as excluded, LANDLORD will provide ONE treatment at LANDLORD's expense. Additional treatments will be at TENANTís expense. In all cases, TENANT agrees to take the steps necessary to help reduce or eliminate an infestation, including cleaning and laundering personal property items, encasing mattresses, allowing access for treatments at recommended intervals, and proper storage of food, drink, and chemical items that may be attractive to pests. Treatment for bed bugs at LANDLORD's expense is excluded under terms of this paragraph. LANDLORD has conducted tests by placing bed bug monitoring devices in the unit and/or having an inspection performed by a professional exterminator prior to occupancy. TENANT agrees property has been inspected and no presence of bed bugs has been found prior to move in. --173.19.x.xxx
Bedbug Form (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 6:01 AM
thanks Sid, using it! --74.104.xxx.xxx
Bedbug Form (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 6:07 AM
Btw, for anyone who is curious, we use "Sen-Sci" volcano monitoring devices purchased at a local professional exterminator shop. We have a relationship with our local exterminator so they allow us to buy these without being formally licensed. One device is placed in each room. They contain disposable clothes soaked in a chemical the mimics human sweat, which is attractive to bed bugs. The little critters crawl up the sides of the volcano, fall inside, then can't get out. We check them every few days. Our turn overs are pretty quick usually, so we plant them the same time we do the move-out walk thru. While not a guarantee, this does compelling evidence that the place is free of infestation...that and the moving out tenant signs our form that the residence is "pest free"... Which they all like to do since if it's not then we bill them for the extermination.
Evidence to help us if we ever get into court. --173.19.x.xxx
Bedbug Form (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 6:12 AM
I'm assuming you don't pay an exterminator to certify your homes have no bedbugs. Correct me if I'm wrong and how much are you charged for this?
So if you use a bed bug monitoring device what do you use? I only saw a trap type thing but it received abysmal reviews.
I like your lease clause though. I only had one tenant claim to have bedbugs but it was about six months after moving in. Currently my lease just says tenants are responsible for their own pest control which is permissible in my state for single family homes and duplexes. --173.170.xxx.xxx
Bedbug Form (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 6:13 AM
Sid, it looks like you were composing an answer while I was composing my question. Thank you for the info. --173.170.xxx.xxx
Bedbug Form (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 6:36 AM
The courts are siding with the tenants and states are instituting laws that put the onus on the LL especially in properties with more than one unit and or attached housing i.e.TH. Some states say that if one unit in a multi has them then it is most likely that tenant but more than one then it is on the LL.
Proving there were no BB prior to the tenant taking possession is critical and not as easy as it sounds. Our properties are treated for pests prior to a tenant taking possession and it is checked for BB. But our pest control company admits that once the mattress and clothing are out they tend to crawl under the baseboard. Carpet is a favorite hiding place but a property without carpet doesn't guarantee the absence of BB. --71.75.xx.xx
Bedbug Form (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 7:46 AM
So I could put a sweaty tee shirt in shoe box and check that way? Thanks for the tip. NJ requires that the landlord treat. It's another form of tax. --73.178.xxx.xx
Bedbug Form (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 11:17 AM
Sid, have you ever caught any in the volcano? --24.61.xxx.xx
Bedbug Form (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 2:28 PM
Thanks all for the input! My "addendum" covers most of what you said. I think one additional thing I may do is place the traps upon move out, then take date-stamped photos of the traps prior to next move-in, and keep those in my records. May help in court. --99.92.xxx.xxx
Bedbug Form (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 5:11 PM
My lease is clear: a full page onnBBs.
-BBs do not fly, they travel by clinging to things as Natireís Tiny Super Hitchhiker
-resident has inspected the home and agrees it to be BB free
-management has inspected, sealed the cracks, pretreated the home, and certifies the home to be BB free
-if any are found res agrees the bugs have been carried into the home by occupants or visitors
-all pests are the responsibility on the resident
Has worked so far!
Bedbug Form (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 5:12 PM
18 to go! --68.50.xxx.xxx
Bedbug Form (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2018 4:11 AM
I get calls from movein -they have bugs-, I offer a free one time also, some people had them and never saw them till they get in and have not put up the curtains. Carpet free places helps a lot... --76.188.xxx.xx
Bedbug Form (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2018 5:07 AM
amazon has low reviews for volcano -SID - your review is more important to me.
Do they work? --24.34.xx.xxx