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Tenants have mice. What are my legal responsibilities?

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Well, have to say, OP is a very lazy, absentee landlord from the sounds of it.

We had mice in our townhouse, which we noticed shortly after we first moved in. Our landlord shrugged and gave us some poison cubes to put around. That did nothing as they were running around in the basement ceiling.
Instead we took matters into our own hands, we tore out the drop ceiling in the basement where they were nesting, cleaned up the huge amount of mouse droppings and carcasses that fell and put up mesh by our dryer vent which was where they were entering from. Most of the drop ceiling tiles were stained on the other side form mouse urine.
Our landlord was surprised we did this, thankfully he didn't care that we tore out the ceiling since he's not the owner of the property.

OP, better get on this before your tenants try to take matters into their own hands, it'd be a shame if they make a few holes in walls and ceilings in an attempt to get rid of the mice in YOUR property.
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Wow, why is everyone hating on this water trap? Been a farmers trick since the dawn of time. Not to mention it works like a charm.
Whoever suggested that snap traps are more "humane" is out of their gourd.

Far as the landlords responsibility is concerned. 100% your problem.
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User169319 wrote:
May 1st, 2017 10:34 am
Wow, why is everyone hating on this water trap? Been a farmers trick since the dawn of time. Not to mention it works like a charm.
Whoever suggested that snap traps are more "humane" is out of their gourd.

Far as the landlords responsibility is concerned. 100% your problem.
You re-opened an 8 year old thread for that?

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supeg93 wrote:
Dec 19th, 2009 7:40 pm
Uh.. That sounds like some SAW serial killer crap.

Remind me to stay the hell away from you....
Nothing wrong with hanging out with him, especially if he's white and in his 30's.
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What happen if there are no mice before and only after the tenant get in?

I have three apartment, the basement has no mice. the first floor has none either, but the second floor is rent by couple with few kids and has mice.

could that be the tenant is exposing his food everywhere to attract mice, so it is his duty no?
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jaysoulz wrote:
Dec 17th, 2017 3:55 am
could that be
A lot of things could be. What matters is what "is", or more accurately what you can prove to a court.

Not to mention that if mice spread to the other units, then you're surely responsible since they're innocent.

Fix the situation, and inspect/document the issue as allowed by your local laws.
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We rent and never even thought to contact the landlord... We put out regular traps with peanut butter, that worked okay but what worked better was that sticky paper. We have cats, but they aren't mousers - but at least one of them would let us know where the mouse was, and stand guard, usually by the stove so we put the traps under there.
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Just hire someone to get rid of the mice. Doesn't cost much. Your tenants probably see mice poop lying around lol.

My friends' friend used to complaint to their landlord about oil-ly fan on top of cooking stoves. These tenants rarely cook but the tenants before them did so make sure your fan to suck up grease and oil are sparkling clean if you have new tenants and announce it to their face and remind them to clean their own fan. You can even demonstrate with the clean fan.
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mat2312 wrote:
Dec 19th, 2009 3:40 pm
They're disease carrying infestive vermin. The traps work very effective. I'm not a big fan of animals suffering but there is no clear cut painless way to kill mice. Snap-traps misalign sometimes maiming the mouse for a slow painful death.
This is particularly problematic when you open the cupboard door under the sink where you know they've been visiting and it looks like a crime scene due to blood all over the place with only a piece of the mouse caught under the snap!!

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