Household pests such as bugs, mice, cockroaches can have serious health hazards to residents, and therefore your landlord is ultimately responsible for getting rid of them. As a tenant, you must take reasonable action to prevent them from infesting your living space and you may try to eliminate them on your own. If you are unable to eliminate household pests, the landlord is obliged to hire a professional exterminator. Learn about common household pests including how identify them and get rid of them from your living space.
TIP: Consider checking the Bed Bug Registry before choosing an apartment to see if reports of bedbugs are frequent in the building.
Molds and chemical contaminants such as heavy pesticide use or smoke from neighbouring units can be a significant problem for tenants, particularly those with allergies. The presence of mold may be indicated by one of the following:
stains, discolouration, or bubbling on walls or ceilings;
musty or earthy smells;
mold, and in extreme cases, rotting wood on window sills.
If you or anyone living with you has asthma or a respiratory condition, you may be better off seeking alternative accommodation rather than renting a damp basement apartment.