When you’re renting, it’s important to not attract critters. Landlords can look for almost any excuse to hold onto the security deposit. These tips can help you and your roommates reduce the risk of wildlife invasion in your rental property.
Keep Trash Outside of the Rental Home
Lingering trash inside the house can attract bugs and wild animals alike. Clear out your trash bins when you can, and put the bags into secure trash cans outside.
Secure Your Trash Cans
If animals are knocking over your trash cans and eating your garbage, you may need to talk to your landlord about investing in better trash cans. Ideally, you should have animal-proof garbage cans with locking lids. You should always keep the lids securely attached to the pails. Strong, sturdy, locking cans will help deter animals from finding permanent residence on the rental property.
Damaged Screens and Drafty Windows
Unsealed or compromised windows and doors can be used as entry points for wild animals. When you notice that a screen is damaged, or there is damage near vents, doors, windows, or pipes, inform your landlord immediately. It is their job to fix the problems before they become a greater issue.
Damages to the property like those mentioned above happen all the time, naturally. As the house settles, and time goes on, things wear down. It is important to have your landlord fix them before it gets much worse.
Document Damage to the Rental Property
When you contact the landlord for repairs or to report damages that need to be fixed, document them. Save emails, texts, and a record of phone calls to the landlord. Make note of when they come to repair or fix damages. If they call in an expert, document the company used, and the name of the technician. As a renter, it is important to keep a record of this information in the event that you need it.
If you have a Wildlife Invasion in your Rental Property
In the event that a wild animal enters your home, you should call your landlord. They should hire a wildlife removal specialist to handle the removal of the animal. A humane wildlife removal service will remove the animal(s) without the use of chemicals that can be harmful to you and those living with you. New York/New Jersey Wildlife Removal provides all-inclusive service, including clean-up and repairs once the critters are cleared out.