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When acting in a condominium, a pest control company not only ensures the eradication of pests, but also proceeds to disinfection of common areas of a building. This step is essential to avoid the return of intruders and ensure that the entire building has been properly treated. Tenants, owners and trustee share responsibilities and costs.

Fight against the pests.

Once the disinsection is done, it is essential to carry out a disinfection to avoid any return of insects.

Why disinfect the common parts of a building?

The invasion of pests, insects or rodents, in a dwelling located in a building forces its owner to carry out disinsectisation (or deratting). If the intervention is aimed first of all at disinsecting or deratting the place, it is also advisable, in a second step, to carry out a disinfection, to ensure complete treatment and prevent any possible return of intruders.

In a condominium, disinfection is a step more important than the invasion, which initially concerns a single dwelling, can quickly spread to the entire building. The only solution remains the general disinfection. It can be noted that:

  • the treatment of the all common areas and other apartments must be done to prevent the infestation from returning;
  • since a dwelling is a private part, it is not possible to require an owner to undergo disinfection; therefore, comprehensive treatment in a single intervention is rare and new subsequent interventions are often necessary;
  • terms of termite eradication, the legislation is more restrictive and obliges adhere to treatment procedures.

Good to know: In the case of a termite infestation, the regulations are specific and require a declaration to the town hall, as well as specific steps.

For more information on pest obligations, see: "The basics of pest regulation".

Responsibilities of tenants, co-owners and trustee

In a building, several actors with distinct statuses exist: the tenants, the co-owners, the trustee. Faced with a problem of infestation by pests, the responsibility of each is engaged to treat the problem. How are the shares and costs associated?

In terms of commitment

The responsibilities, faced with an infestation of pests, are distributed very precisely.

  • The tenant is obliged to maintain the dwelling he occupies, to ensure his hygiene and to avoid any development of pests. If he detects the presence of intruders, he must promptly notify the owner.
  • The part owner must also maintain his dwelling, whether he occupies it as a principal residence or rents it. If he notices the invasion of pests, he must turn to the trustee.
  • The joint property receives the report of one or more co-owners and is in charge of doing the necessary to remedy the problem. In case of bad will of the trustee, it is the co-owner himself to do the necessary.

In terms of cost

The intervention of a specialist to treat the entire building obviously has a cost. It is simply distributed as follows:

  • It is the co-owners who assume the full cost of the intervention through the charges they pay to the trustee. The overall cost is divided between the different co-owners. Owner-side support represents 60% of the overall cost.
  • Tenants must pay only disinfestation products, is around 40% of the total cost.

Disinfection of the common parts of a building: which expert to contact?

Only approved disinfestation companies are authorized to treat an entire infested building. It is advisable to establish with them a annual contract: depending on the size of the house, several interventions may indeed be necessary to solve the problem.

In the case of an invasion of mice or rats, it is to a professional de-rider that we must call.