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    • nflutter
    • By nflutter 7th Dec 17, 10:41 AM
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    Rented Property carpet moths
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    • 7th Dec 17, 10:41 AM
    Rented Property carpet moths 7th Dec 17 at 10:41 AM
    We've been renting a property for 5 years now, 3 years ago we noticed carpet moths and immediately notified the agent and landlord. Carpet moths are notoriously hard to get rid of and wiil eventually eat wool carpets causing holes, also very annoying to live with besides the awful knowledge they are in your house. 3 years on we still have them slowly eating more of the carpet, we have done everything we can, religiously hoovering, cleaning, scrubbing, lavendar oil etc etc.We have mentioned it at every agents quarterly visits and discussed with the landlord. My question is who is liable in this case, can we insist the landlord fumigates and replaces the carpets? Can we reduce the rent whilst it remains like this?

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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 7th Dec 17, 10:45 AM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 10:45 AM
    We've been renting a property for 5 years now, 3 years ago we noticed carpet moths and immediately notified the agent and landlord. Carpet moths are notoriously hard to get rid of and wiil eventually eat wool carpets causing holes, also very annoying to live with besides the awful knowledge they are in your house. 3 years on we still have them slowly eating more of the carpet, we have done everything we can, religiously hoovering, cleaning, scrubbing, lavendar oil etc etc.We have mentioned it at every agents quarterly visits and discussed with the landlord. My question is who is liable in this case, can we insist the landlord fumigates and replaces the carpets? Can we reduce the rent whilst it remains like this?

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    Originally posted by nflutter
    Usually pest control is the responsibility of the tenant. They weren’t present when you took the property.

    Has no one engaged a pest control officer to deal with it properly? My local council charges about £70 to treat them. Not a bank breaker
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    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 7th Dec 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 1:00 PM
    Cleaning and vacuuming are all well and good, but I would buy a decent spray and try that out. We used the Lakeland one and it worked well.

    If that doesn't work call out the professionals.

    Don't withhold rent whatever you do.
    • Bossypants
    • By Bossypants 7th Dec 17, 1:21 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 1:21 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 1:21 PM
    Cleaning and vacuuming are all well and good, but I would buy a decent spray and try that out. We used the Lakeland one and it worked well.

    If that doesn't work call out the professionals.
    Originally posted by seashore22
    Echoing this, once you've got an unwelcome life form (be it bugs, mould, whatever), ordinary cleaning is unlikely to be anything except cosmetic. Buy the right products and take a day to really deal with them, and if that doesn't help, get someone round asap. The longer you leave it, the deeper they take hold and the harder they are to get rid of.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 7th Dec 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 1:34 PM
    Do not pay less rent. The landlord is not responsible for this. You as tenant are responsible.
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