Dear Landlord Hank: Who Pays for Bed Bug Removal?

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In this week’s Ask Landlord Hank question he deals, again, with the bed bug removal question in rental property and who should pay the cost.

Dear Landlord Hank:

In the city of Aurora, Colorado, is it the tenants’ or the property manager’s (house landlords) responsibility to take care of a bed bug removal problem?


HI Stefon,

I would check your lease to see if pest control is mentioned. Most often, if you live in a multifamily building, the owner takes care of pest control on a regular basis, but this is normally addressed in the lease.

If you are renting a single-family home, sometimes the owner will provide exterior pest control only, sometimes both interior and exterior.

If pest control is not mentioned in your lease, then the issue is your responsibility. I don’t know if Aurora, Colorado has any special laws about this, but I would check.


Hank Rossi
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