Many tenants who live in substandard units have infestations of bed bugs, cockroaches and rodents. If you have such problems, it is important for you to understand that your Landlord must abide by certain pest control procedures. The California guidelines on dealing with pest control require such landlords to follow guidelines for licensing and authorization before fumigation or pest control in any residential unit. This article will explain some of the important aspects of the law to help you avoid illegal rent increases in your home or apartment. These aspects include:
- Licensing Requirements: In the State of California, it is illegal for any unlicensed person to perform fumigation with any dangerous or lethal chemicals in any public structure. If you live in a rooming house, a household used as a public structure, a hotel, an apartment house, or any part of those type of buildings, your landlord is prohibited from employing an unlicensed fumigator for pest control purposes.
- Pest Control Company Registration: Not only does the person fumigating your apartment building or house have to be a licensed fumigator, but the company for which he/she works must also registered with the State of California. Even when the company is properly registered, unlicensed individuals, such as those mentioned above, cannot advertise or solicit business for that registered company, offer any opinion or recommendation for pest control, or perform any pest control services.
- Advertising: It is illegal for any person or entity to advertise or claim that they have completed any pest control work, in whole or in part to any building, unless that work was done by a company that is properly registered with the State of California. When moving into a new residential unit, you have the right to know whether that building’s owner has complied with these rules!
Since 1995, attorney Eric Castelblanco has been dedicated to helping tenants understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights, call (213)388-6004 or visit his website at www.castelblanco.com. The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.