I’m having one of those weeks, this time it’s moles in a tenants garden! Who would be a landlord? LOL
This is the email I received last night from one of my tenants about his Moles, the furry creature kind, not a growth on his person of course!
“I’m having trouble with something creating tunnels in the garden (both the front and rear) and damaging the grass. I think it’s Moles, I remember these holes were existed in the garden at the beginning of our tenancy. My adjacent neighbor advised me to remove it as it might affect on the underground gas pipes. So I want you please to help to get rid of whatever is harming the garden. Please give me a call before coming to make sure I am at home.”
My brother has called the tenant and apparently he’s “tried everything”. I’m worried about what damage the moles will do to the garden too, this is one of my nicer properties, a 4 bed detached house. Terrible yield but great prospects for capital growth, it’s doubled in value since I purchased it 10 years ago.
I might have to put the rent up if he’s got an extra tenant living there! And whose going to pay the referencing fees? LOL
Seriously though, I will pay to sort this problem as it’s my understanding that pest control is a landlords responsibility. I have Googled the subject and there are a few blogs and discussions on tenant forums. I can’t find anything formal to say whether it’s a landlords or a tenants responsibility to pay for the removal of Moles though. Nevertheless, this chap is a good tenant (no not the Mole silly!) and I do want nice gardens so I will pay for the hit man (I mean pest control) to remove him (the Mole that is, NOT the tenant). If anybody can quote legislation on this I would be very interested, not that it would affect my decision, just out of interest really.