Last Updated on October 21, 2023 by Kelvin Nielsen
A pest infestation is not only a health hazard, but can also lead to structural damage as well. So, the moment you learn about it, you must act fast to eradicate it as a responsible landlord.
That said, what does the Alabama landlord-tenant law say about pest infestation in a rental property?
The following are answers to commonly asked questions regarding the Alabama landlord-tenant law on pest control.
Are landlords responsible for pest control in Alabama?
As a landlord, you have a responsibility under the warranty of habitability to provide your tenant with livable conditions. And that means providing your tenant with a property that abides with certain health and safety codes.
So, yes, as a landlord, you’re generally responsible for pest control in the state of Alabama. It’s your responsibility to ensure your property is protected from common local pests and regularly treating it against pests.
Sometimes, though, tenants may also be responsible by creating conditions that allow pests to thrive. But the pest infestation will need to be addressed regardless of who is responsible for the financial aspect of the treatment.
How long does a landlord have to do pest control in Alabama?
Whether pest control or any other repair, landlords in Alabama must carry out the repairs within 14 days once notified. If you’re not able to do so, your tenant may be able to exercise either of the following legal options.
- Terminate their lease and move out at the end of the 14 days.
- Sue you in a court of law for any damages that may have arose due to the habitability issue.
- Report you to a local public official for action.
Can a landlord enter without permission in Alabama?
When looking to enter your rented premises, either for repairs or to show the unit to prospective tenants, you must notify your tenant beforehand. You cannot just barge in unannounced.
And specifically, you must provide your tenant with a 2 days’ advance notice. The entry times must also be reasonable, as well. That is, during normal business hours, or as you may agree with the tenant.
What pests are common in the state of Alabama?
Alabama is one of the most biodiverse states in the country. The following is a list of the pests that live there. Some are just minor nuisances, whereas others are downright dangerous.
- Black Widow Spider
- Timber rattlesnake
- Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
- Coral snake
- Fire ants
- Bed bugs
- Yellow jackets
- Feral hogs
- Brown widow spider
What are renters’ rights in Alabama?
A rental agreement is established after a landlord accepts a rent payment. And at this point, the tenant obtains certain inherent rights, including the right to live in a property that abides by certain health and safety codes.
For a full rundown of the rights tenants have in Alabama, the following resource should suffice.
The Alabama landlord-tenant law is very straightforward on what responsibilities both landlords and tenants have regarding pest control. Aside from pest control, landlords have these responsibilities under state law.
Disclosure: The content herein isn’t a substitute for advice from a professional attorney. It’s only meant to serve educational purposes. If you have a specific question, kindly seek expert attorney services.
Hi, I’m Kelvin Nielsen, an experienced landlord and accomplished real estate lawyer. My focus is on answering your questions about renting in the hopes of making your life as a renter or a landlord a bit easier.