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Current rental house. Just noticed a huge wasp nest at the front of the house under the bay window (Air Brick)... Thousands of the little gits in and out.

We are moving in a few weeks and could just be selfish and leave the problem for someone else but it`s not who we are.

Is it the responsibilty of the Landlord to remove?

Any sensible replies welcomed.

Bosh

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Current rental house. Just noticed a huge wasp nest at the front of the house under the bay window (Air Brick)... Thousands of the little gits in and out.

We are moving in a few weeks and could just be selfish and leave the problem for someone else but it`s not who we are.

Is it the responsibilty of the Landlord to remove?

Any sensible replies welcomed.

Bosh

Yes, it is the LL's responsibility and only costs about 45 to 55 quid. A pest control guy should come along and puff some white powder through the airbrick and the little gits start perishing almost immediately. By the next day it should be all over and wasps will not return for at least 7 to 10 years to the same spot..

There is still the danger of getting stung yourselves so call your LL, or call some one out and charge your LL if he is a bit slow, wasp stings are bl00dy painful. :angry:

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Current rental house. Just noticed a huge wasp nest at the front of the house under the bay window (Air Brick)... Thousands of the little gits in and out.

We are moving in a few weeks and could just be selfish and leave the problem for someone else but it`s not who we are.

Is it the responsibilty of the Landlord to remove?

Any sensible replies welcomed.

Bosh

you shouldnt touch it or you may lose some deposit, estate agent can sell it as an added feature

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Wasps are harmless if you leave them alone.

They perform a valuable service by clearing up the detritus of summer.

Not only that, they're really rather beautiful, don't you think?

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Wasps are harmless if you leave them alone.

They perform a valuable service by clearing up the detritus of summer.

Not only that, they're really rather beautiful, don't you think?

They are right under the front bay window (Can not open in this heat) and about two feet from the main front door and I have very young children.

Time to die :ph34r:

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Yes, it is the LL's responsibility and only costs about 45 to 55 quid. A pest control guy should come along and puff some white powder through the airbrick and the little gits start perishing almost immediately. By the next day it should be all over and wasps will not return for at least 7 to 10 years to the same spot..

There is still the danger of getting stung yourselves so call your LL, or call some one out and charge your LL if he is a bit slow, wasp stings are bl00dy painful. :angry:

Thanks for this... Email sent to LL..

I hate wasps ;)

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You can buy a wasp nest powder from B&Q for about £3. Just watch which airbrick hole the wasps seem to use the most, wait until dusk and squirt the powder down the hole. It should destroy the nest overnight. I did this two years ago. It was fun. :)

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Chuck Petrol on the nest, Whack it off the wall with a spade and set light to it. Then Run like the wind :)

You sound like a right laugh :lol::lol:

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I think you will find that it is always the tenants responsibility to deal with vermin and infestations.

You would be better doing it before you move rather than leaving it to the LL/Agents as it will be a lot cheaper that way.

Give your local Council a ring. If they dont remove it they will put you in contact with a company that can.

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Chuck Petrol on the nest, Whack it off the wall with a spade and set light to it. Then Run like the wind :)

I tried that once, I had got stung about 40 times....

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I think you will find that it is always the tenants responsibility to deal with vermin and infestations.

You would be better doing it before you move rather than leaving it to the LL/Agents as it will be a lot cheaper that way.

Give your local Council a ring. If they dont remove it they will put you in contact with a company that can.

It would depend on whether the tenancy agreement stipulates that vermin/infestation is the tenant's responsibility. I have had that as a clause and had it changed to mean that if our actions led to infestation we would be responsible (e.g. leaving food waste outside and attracting rats).

We had wasps in the roof space of last rented house and ended up paying for pest control (should have been LL but we couldn't be bothered arguing over £60 at the time).

A couple of points that could strengthen your position.

- (info from the pest control guy) - the nest would have been established last Autumn when the queen found a suitable spot behind your airbrick to hibernate. If you moved in after that then the infestation was already there and shouldn't be your responsibility

- if the wasps are getting into the house through wall cavities etc, you could argue that the house is uninhabitable until they are sorted out. If your LL tries to avoid doing something, mention this and the implications for rent.

Local authorities are supposed to sort things out for free, but are likely to be rushed off their feet at this time of year.

Hope this helps

Y

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It would depend on whether the tenancy agreement stipulates that vermin/infestation is the tenant's responsibility.

No, I dont think it does. There are three 'areas' (for lack of a better word, that govern tenancy 'law';

1) the tenancy agreement;

2) statute;

3) common law

If the tenancy agreement is silent on whos responsibility it is, we must look at 2 & 3. Statute contains no provision on making this the labndlords responsibility, therefore we must look at 3. As far as I am aware, common law has no cases where this was the landlords responsibility, indeed there is the phrase 'tenant like manner' which has emerged out of common law i.e. the tenant must use and maintain the property in a tenant like manner - replacing light bulbs, unblocking he sink, change a fuse etc. I would suggest pest control fits well into 'tenant like manner'.

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Thanks for the info folks.

Spoke to LL, They said they had a wasp nest in the same house last year (In the loft). Said no problems at all and they will get sorted asap and they will cover the costs.

In reality we have nice LL`s and with permission I have made improvements to the property at my cost in the past 6 months so they were happy to do this for us.

We will be moving into our new house in a few weeks and they have managed to sell this one, so they are well pleased we have allowed viewings and kept the place spotless.

I always like to maintain good relations with people when possible.

It`s all good

Bosh ;)

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No, I dont think it does. There are three 'areas' (for lack of a better word, that govern tenancy 'law';

1) the tenancy agreement;

2) statute;

3) common law

If the tenancy agreement is silent on whos responsibility it is, we must look at 2 & 3. Statute contains no provision on making this the labndlords responsibility, therefore we must look at 3. As far as I am aware, common law has no cases where this was the landlords responsibility, indeed there is the phrase 'tenant like manner' which has emerged out of common law i.e. the tenant must use and maintain the property in a tenant like manner - replacing light bulbs, unblocking he sink, change a fuse etc. I would suggest pest control fits well into 'tenant like manner'.

Thanks - you are obviously better informed than me - could I pick your brains while we are on the subject;

- would it make a difference that the tenant like manner issues you list can all be done at minimal cost and by the tenant personally - no real safety or cost issues, but some kinds of pest control (including wasps) are specialised, needing training, using hazardous chemicals and protective suits and often working up ladders?

- also, as I mentioned - would infestations which were in place at the start of the tenancy but not manifest until during the tenancy be the tenant's responsibility? - that is why I argued with current LA that I was only willing to be liable for causing infestation - I had no way of knowing on a few house viewings in daylight and in winter whether there were any latent problems (rats, wasps, etc).

Again, and like Bosh, I'd agree that the best way is to stay on good terms and not haggle over small amounts of money, but I would be interested in your take on the two points above.

Thanks

Y

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Thanks - you are obviously better informed than me - could I pick your brains while we are on the subject;

- would it make a difference that the tenant like manner issues you list can all be done at minimal cost and by the tenant personally - no real safety or cost issues, but some kinds of pest control (including wasps) are specialised, needing training, using hazardous chemicals and protective suits and often working up ladders? Getting rid of a wasps nest need be no more dangerous than climbing a ladder to replace a bulb. Most hardware and DIY shops sell wasp powder/spray

- also, as I mentioned - would infestations which were in place at the start of the tenancy but not manifest until during the tenancy be the tenant's responsibility? - that is why I argued with current LA that I was only willing to be liable for causing infestation - I had no way of knowing on a few house viewings in daylight and in winter whether there were any latent problems (rats, wasps, etc). If one could prove that the infestation was in place prior to taking the tenancy then you have a reasonable argument that the landlord should cough up to sort the problem

Again, and like Bosh, I'd agree that the best way is to stay on good terms and not haggle over small amounts of money, but I would be interested in your take on the two points above.

Thanks

Y

Least its been resolved amicably.

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Least its been resolved amicably.

Well,

You are from Bolton

My home town (Astley Bridge)

I'm just under `deep cover' here in sticks.

Y

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Our neighbours had a wasps nest at the back of their house and got the pest control people out to spray it. Unfortunately it didn't kill them straight away, so for the next 3 weeks we had dozy no-quite-dead wasps dropping from our ceiling.

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Our neighbours had a wasps nest at the back of their house and got the pest control people out to spray it. Unfortunately it didn't kill them straight away, so for the next 3 weeks we had dozy no-quite-dead wasps dropping from our ceiling.

Maybe they were just really hard wasps. :ph34r:

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