Under the Residential Tenancy Act, it is the responsibility of the tenant to ensure the condition of the property is the same (or as close as possible to the same) condition as when the tenancy began.
While most tenants are aware of their cleaning obligations, it’s not uncommon for tenants to also be required to have a pest control service carried out at the end-of-lease. In the case of flea treatment, this is especially true if the tenant had a pet for any length of time during the tenancy.
Of course, this all depends on the specific terms of the tenancy agreement. For this reason, you should always refer to your tenancy agreement, and clarify any uncertain terms with your estate agent before signing. This way, you’ll know exactly what kind of pest control is required once the lease ends, if any at all.
If you’re required to have a professional flea treatment, you should know what to expect from the service and the kind of proof you need to provide.
There are many types of flea species in Australia. The most common and problematic fleas are those found on cats and dogs. However, certain species of fleas can also be found on birds.
The most common type of flea to attack cats and dogs are called the ‘ctenocephalides canis.’ These pests are about 1 – 4mm in length and appear as a brownish colour, but they become reddish-black after feeding. Due to their small size, they are able to travel through the pet’s fur and – unless you go out of your way to find them – remain undetected. Even worse, fleas can also jump as far as 6 inches from one host to another, which can make it hard to confirm their presence.
After a pet is bitten, they may show signs of distress and discomfort by scratching or biting the affected area. From there, they will develop bite marks on their skin (which appear as tiny, red raised dots) and will continue to scratch for several days. If scratching persists, take your pet to a local vet for expert advice and treatment.
Of course, even if you had not personally witnessed signs of fleas, your tenancy agreement may still require you to arrange a professional flea treatment and show proof of service with a receipt. If this is the case, get in touch with Critter Busters today to request a FREE quote for your end-of-lease flea treatment.
Before you do this, it may help you to know what to expect from a flea treatment service and other useful information you may want to know.
Flea Treatment – What to Expect:
On a suitable day and time, your pest technician will perform a thorough assessment of the property and determine the size and scope of the infestation. At Critter Busters, the most common areas we search are:
- Carpet and flooringSkirting boards
- Mattresses and bedding
- Pet bedding
If no evidence of fleas are found, your technician will confirm the property is safe and issue a copy of your receipt. You can then present this receipt to the estate agent as proof of compliance with the terms of your tenancy agreement.
However, if fleas are found, your technician will propose a custom fleat treatment plan and give you a free, no-obligation quote on the spot. This treatment plan will be designed to target the affected areas of the home and ensure the infestation is totally eradicated in a safe, eco-friendly, and efficient manner.
In most cases, a single visit is enough to put in place a treatment plan. Your technician will apply a special insecticide to the affected areas which are designed to eliminate live fleas and their eggs.
After a few days to a week, your technician will return to confirm the treatment has worked and provide ongoing support to keep the premise a pest-free zone.
Are You Guaranteed to Get Your Bond Back?
Pest control is just one of many factors that determine whether you will get your bond back.
While most pest control companies cannot guarantee a 100% bond retrieval, as there are too many other factors to take into account, most will guarantee to treat your flea problem in accordance with your tenancy agreement.
Need expert, reliable, and eco-friendly flea treatment as part of your end-of-lease duties? Get in touch with Critter Busters today. Call (02) 4733 6943 or send your online enquiry for a fast, free quote.