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    • smj43
    • By smj43 4th Sep 11, 2:14 AM
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    Fleas in rented flat
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    • 4th Sep 11, 2:14 AM
    Fleas in rented flat 4th Sep 11 at 2:14 AM
    Just wondering if anybody could give me some advise. I just moved into a privately rented flat 2 days ago. The past 2 nights I have been bitten so many times I've lost count. I thought it was just a mosquito at first but then I remembered when we first viewed the flat, the tenant that lived here had a cat. I checked and sure enough there are tiny little fleas everywhere. I'm really angry because the previous tenant has left no end of trouble for us. Nothing was clean when we moved in and she had left massive debts on the electricity meter.

    Where do I stand? I know it's not my landlords fault but he shouldn't have let her keep a cat here. Surely this is the landlords liability? Please help, these bites are driving us insane!
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    • Thrugelmir
    • By Thrugelmir 4th Sep 11, 2:30 AM
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    Go down your local pet store and buy some products to tackle the problem immediately.

    Vacuum at least twice a day.

    Easiest way would be to have the carpets replaced if there's bad infestation.
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    • 4th Sep 11, 5:09 AM
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    • 4th Sep 11, 5:09 AM

    Where do I stand? I know it's not my landlords fault but he shouldn't have let her keep a cat here. Surely this is the landlords liability? Please help, these bites are driving us insane!
    Originally posted by smj43
    Yes. Landlord's job to give you a flea free place. Best if the carpets are removed and the whole place treated before the new carpets are fitted.

    If there are any soft furnishings then they may be infested as well.
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    • 4th Sep 11, 5:27 AM
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    • 4th Sep 11, 5:27 AM
    Don't bother getting anything from your local pet store, nothing they sell is effective for either your pet or your home. You want a veterinary grade product which you can buy quite cheaply online without a prescription. Look for products such as Vetkem Acclaim or Indorex and spray your entire house, paying particular attention to soft furninshings.
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    • By mirrorimage0 4th Sep 11, 8:12 AM
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    • 4th Sep 11, 8:12 AM
    it is up to the landlord to rent you a clean liveable place they should not of let you move in until it was habitable. if the previous tenant did not clean it or leave it up to standards then the landlord should of charged them for puting right.
    as for the bills, make a note of the meter readings on gas and electric asap and ring them and inform them you are the new tenant now, they will have to chase the old tenant for any existing bills.

    i would speak to the lanlord about cleaning/defleaing of the flat. totally unnacceptable
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    • Yorkie1
    • By Yorkie1 4th Sep 11, 9:25 AM
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    I'd certainly let the LL know. It's possible that they may not have resolved the deposit with the previous tenant, and can take the cost of defleaing the place from the deposit.
    • atush
    • By atush 4th Sep 11, 9:30 AM
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    I agree, it was the landlord's duty to give you a flat free of infestation. Go to him, and ask he takes care of it ASAP. Tell him you will help if he self treats rather than calling in a specialist, but he should pay for the treatment, and new arpets if they become necessary. Call in a specialist treatment frim for a quote first.
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 4th Sep 11, 9:53 AM
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    From a practical point of view, make sure you stick a flea collar in your hoover bag and change it regularly, otherwise you'll just keep reinfesting the house. I moved into a house that had a similar problem and the LL wouldn't do anything - I couldn't deal with waiting to sort it out so I bought flea stuff from the vets, treated the whole house and a week or so later I hired a Rug Doctor and washed all of the carpets.

    One lesson I've learnt from that is that I always have flea products with me as part of my 'moving in cleaning kit' and every house I move into gets sprayed - you never know if the previous owners/tenants have had pets.
    • westv
    • By westv 4th Sep 11, 10:01 AM
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    Why are some pet owners so lax that they can't even be bothered to make sure their animal doesn't get fleas bad enough to infest a house? Do they not care about their pet?
  • DAVESDON
    I'm a lawyer so I hope I can help!

    Yes, it is the landlord's responsibility to ensure you have a clean and habitable place to live. But that is assuming he knew about the cat and/or fleas. It is entirely possible that the place looked clean and he wasn't there long enough to see fleas or be bitten, in which case he'd have no idea. Most landlords include a 'carpet cleaning' clause in the tenancy agreement, which ensures that the tenant professionally cleans (and proves via receipt) the carpets before vacating.

    Anyway I digress - the landlord needs to be informed, and I suggest you ask him to pay for the place to be de-flead.

    As for the old bills - call the providers, tell them when you moved in and email the tenancy agreement if necessary. They'll open a new account for you and chase the old tenant for debt. If council tax applies, ask the landlord to inform the council so they can chase the old tenant.

    Hope that helps.
    • firesidemaid
    • By firesidemaid 4th Sep 11, 11:09 AM
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    yes, definitely get a very large can of vet-grade household flea spray.

    spray it daily, concentrating on the edges of your rooms/carpets and furniture.

    it should work within a few days.

    i would also discuss it with your landlord, to see what he/she says.

    good luck x
    • smj43
    • By smj43 4th Sep 11, 11:23 AM
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    Thanks for the advise guys. I don't think the landlord would have known about the fleas but he knew about the cat living here before. He is on holiday at the moment so I have no way to contact him. If I buy the spray/bombs to clear the flat, I am within my rights to insist the cost be deducted from next months rent?
    • roses
    • By roses 4th Sep 11, 12:12 PM
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    Get the council in. I've lived in a flea ridden house before and no amount of spray from the shop worked. The council need to spray the house and it will cost about £100.

    Get the landlord to agree in writing first before making any deductions yourself.
  • bluecelticgirl
    Depending on where you live some councils will do this for free
  • ~Chameleon~
    Get the council in. I've lived in a flea ridden house before and no amount of spray from the shop worked. The council need to spray the house and it will cost about £100.

    Get the landlord to agree in writing first before making any deductions yourself.
    Originally posted by roses

    How much???

    The links I provided above for the household sprays that I can guarantee will work cost less than £10
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