Condominium pest control obligation: yes or no? Who decides when insect pest control, deratization or deblattization is required in a condominium? And who pays the costs of the intervention?
Answering all these questions is never trivial when it comes to commonly used condominium parts. Surely, while we are reeling over who should do what, and whether it is right to do so, cockroaches, rats and mosquitoes roam undisturbed and proliferate.
With the arrival of the beautiful spring days, temperatures become milder, and many types of insects return to infest condos and apartments, without making many distinctions. Acting in good time, with clear ideas, is essential to safeguard the healthiness of condominium spaces and to live the good season with serenity.
Here are the essential guidelines, so that the obligatory pest control is a common sense condominium best practice, for the health and hygiene of condominiums.
Obligatory condominium pest control: the administrator must guarantee the healthiness of the communal areas.
The condominium pest control is mandatory and is part of the operations considered routine maintenance.
The regulatory reference is given by Law L. 25 January 1994 no. 82 (G.U. no. 27 of 3 February 1994) which regulates the activities of cleaning, pest control, deratization and sanitation. It is up to the condominium administrators, as responsible for the ordinary maintenance activities, to carry out all the activities necessary to guarantee a healthy environment to the condominiums. Therefore, it must:
- plan in advance the annual condominium pest control service;
- intervene promptly in cases of extraordinary events, to limit the spread of infestation;
- entrust insect pest control, deblattization and deratization to specialized and certified companies;
- supervise the work of the pest control company;
- protect the interests of the condominiums, preserving them from possible sanctions.
The administrator is required by law to fulfil these obligations. He must ensure that pest control ensures that common areas are effectively sanitized.
Practical tips for condominium sanitation
The sanitation of condominium areas requires special attention. As there are many factors that can feed infestation by insects and pests, prevention is always a good idea. In particular, for areas that can encourage the proliferation of rats, cockroaches and mosquitoes, such as garages, cellars, communal gardens and independent biological pits.
Prevention is also a task that the manager must perform to trigger virtuous behaviour in condominiums. The respect of shared rules, to protect the cleaning activities of common areas, is a good habit to establish.
For example, in the presence of common green areas it is useful to establish a schedule of control interventions. Careful monitoring makes it possible to avoid the presence of abandoned organic waste. In addition, the care of the greenery avoids the presence of decaying flowers or plants, which, if left to rot, attract insects and pests.
Finally, a correct management of separate waste collection and due attention to the cleaning of biological pits, if present, are all activities that reduce the risk of infestation.
If the condominium manager is required by law to ensure that routine maintenance activities are planned and implemented, who pays for the mandatory condominium pest control?
Compulsory condominium pest control: who pays for it?
The condominium pest control obligation requires the property manager and the condominiums to act in compliance with the law. In fact, condominium pest control is part of ordinary maintenance activities and must be approved by the condominium assembly. Just like all other expenses that concern the common parts.
It will be the administrator of condominium to take care of requesting offers to companies specializing in pest control and to take charge of the distribution of expenses reported in the budget at the end of the year.
However, pest control can be included in cases of extraordinary maintenance when there is a suspicion of a dangerous infestation in progress.
The administrator is responsible for ensuring the healthiness of the common areas of the condominium. Therefore, he may proceed with the request for pest control even if it is not discussed in the assembly. Of course, he is obliged to notify the condominium owners in good time.
In case there is no cash fund, to cover the expenses of pest control, the administrator can advance the amount and report it at the end of the year.
Finally, then, for the compulsory pest control of condominium owners, who pays?
The expense for pest control must be divided between all the condominiums according to the thousandths of ownership, even if only tenants, as they are the ones who benefit from it.
The cost varies depending on the type of treatment required and the complexity of the individual case. Therefore, it is impossible to tell you now how much it may be.
Condominium pest control obligation: entrusted to a specialized company
Pest control interventions in condominiums are carried out with advanced products and methods of intervention, which respect the safety of the environment and people. The best choice is to plan an annual condominium pest control calendar:
- It allows to eliminate in advance the danger of massive infestations.
- It avoids incurring interventions of an extraordinary nature, which can generate possible diatribes between condominiums.
- It allows you to manage the economy of the condominium with skill and to obtain more advantageous offers for the pest control service.
As a condominium administrator you know how important it is to rely on a specialized company, which can ensure that the problem is resolved without inconvenience to the condominium.
Contact us and plan your pest control strategy now so that you can live life in your condominium with peace of mind.