Who’s Responsible For Pest Control In An Owners Corporation


Summer is on its way and the insects are out in force.

So, who is responsible for pest control?

The simple answer is the owners corporation is generally responsible for any pest inspection, prevention and treatment work on common property.

A lot owner is responsible for any pest inspection and treatment work that is needed within their lot.

Sometimes owners corporations can enjoy cost effective pest control if both common property and inside lots are treated at the same time.

The costs of ignoring pest control can be devastating especially with ‘hidden’ pests such as termites which can cause catastrophic damage which is expensive to repair and possibly not covered by insurance.

If pest control in your community covers common property only, it is wise as well as responsible to get regular pest treatment and inspection inside your lot.

Should you find a pest infestation in your lot that may impact the common property, let your committee know so they can arrange for a pest inspection.

Taking a proactive approach can reduce the risk of pests making your holiday season miserable.

  • Keep any areas where food is prepared & eaten free of food particles and waste. This is particularly important for outdoor common property areas such as picnic benches and barbecues
  • Remove any decaying timber (to prevent nesting sites for snakes, mice, rats and other pests).
  • Keep bins closed and empty them when they are full.
  • Keep common areas clean and tidy to prevent rodents and inspects from gathering
  • Advise owners of termite risks such as wood chips in garden beds, keeping garden beds away from external walls, removing old timber, cardboard or newspapers and avoiding accumulation of rubbish that may attract termites.

Consider the following ways to avoid insect infestation:

  • Repair and keep premises clean. Especially where crumbs and food may collect.
  • Repair any leaks beneath the sink and by sink top as ants and roaches will gather here.
  • Continue regular pest inspections and always use a licensed, qualified pest technician.
  • Make sure you take any recommended necessary preventative action.


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4 Comments

Suzanne Butcher On February 3, 2018 | Reply

Can you tell me if strata is responsible for getting rid of europium wasps

    SSKB On February 8, 2018 | Reply

    Good morning Suzanne,
    On such little detail, it is impossible to advise. We recommend contacting a qualified pest controller and alert your strata committee.

Christine On February 24, 2018 | Reply

Is an owners corp responsible for pest mitigation/prevention in common areas of a property such as gardens, driveways and areas of open space?

Let me give you a scenario currently unfolding…
1 free standing unit in a group of 30 units on a strata title has found severe termite activity in their roof beams. The owners corporation insurance policy does not cover termite damage to the structure of the unit.
Is the poor owner occupier now at cost for having to tear their ceilings down and replace the roof beams?
Your thoughts are most valued!

    SSKB On February 27, 2018 | Reply

    Good morning Christine,
    There is a legislative requirement to repair and maintain common property. So the OC must carry out pest control to ensure to ensure no damage occurs.

    If the OC has reasonable grounds to believe that termites may cause damage to units in the OC, and they don’t carry out pest control of the common areas, then they may be liable.

    However, lot owners do have a responsibility to repair and maintain their lot and prevent pest activity in their lot.

    The owner would need to prove that they have done everything to prevent termite damage, and the OC has not done sufficient work to prevent termite damage, for the OC to be liable for the damage. The owner would also need to prove that the termites are coming from common property.

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