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MOUSE IN THE HOUSE.?! Who's responsible - Landlord or Tenant? PLEASE HELP!!
21/11/2016
4:18 pm
HH
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So 4 weeks ago we messaged our landlord about scratching/knawing noises in the loft which we never go in (nor are we allowed !). We messaged them then they said they thought it was air as they put an extractor fan in the bathroom which isn’t going out the roof because they haven’t finished it. ITs going into the loft until they find someone to vent it. They claim the scratching is air…

And said they went up there for 20 minutes and couldn’t see a mouse…

Well last week and on Sunday it keeps waking me up at 2am-4am and now the cats noticed so goes mental everytime it happens!

I phoned pest control and they think its a mouse. So who’s responsible for it, please?

I would have put a trap up there already but can’t get up there!

It’s a nightamre as I’m a ligh sleeper anyway but its proper loud, moving around the ceiling and scratching.

I’ve text my landlord again today about it, but would really appreciate some advice as to where to go from here.

Thank you! Smile

24/11/2016
10:14 am
elvisLives
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ugh sounds awful! I don’t know the answer but I’m giving this a bump in the hope more people will see it… maybe Paul knows and can respond…

24/11/2016
11:25 am
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Going to be something of a grey area, but it’s in both parties interests to get it sorted, since mice can have a good old nibble on electrics which can get expensive / hazardous.

Mice are more likely to take up residence inside in the winter.

No.1 thing you can do as a tenant is make sure there isn’t any food accessible – the tiniest amount of food to a human is a big meal for a mouse. Ensure there isn’t any food/waste around – keep all food in the kitchen in suitable containers, look out for droppings – clear up any droppings you find (so then you can tell if they re-appear)

And make sure there isn’t any food waste accumulated outside the house or neighbouring properties.

Not surprised that mouse wasn’t spotted in the loft since it’s dark and a mouse isn’t going to come out during the day unless it’s starving – especially when it can smell a human around. More likely to see evidence of droppings / chewing.

If I was you I’d do the above with respect to food – and contact LL again asking them to put some poison traps in the loft – or give you access so you can put some up there.

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