Florida law does not require me to provide pest control on a single family home, but
City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances Sec. 13-171 states: All premises shall be maintained so as to discourage the harboring & breeding of insects, rodents & vermin.
What does this mean? Landlords know the tenants create the roach problem. I gave my last tenants a pest-free house. They got roaches. While skipping out on last 2 months rent, they called Codes, who invoked this ordinance. I paid $330 for cleaning, & $80 on pest control.
New tenants moved in, who all 3 references said were filthy, and lo & behold, the house is filthy. Tenants complained 1st week about roaches, I sent pest control back. A month later, "roaches are getting worse, over 100 in cabinets," they say.
What do I do?I know it is tempting to criticize my tenant screening, but thank you in advance for resisting the temptation, as there are many factors involved in tenant approval that are outside the limited point of this question and only known to the person in my moccasins.