Tenant has a bird in there unit .. what to do?

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My tenant just messaged me that there is a bird in there 3bed 2bath apt/unit? I wanted to know whose responsibility is it to remove the bird? It is currently stuck in the laundry room. Obviously they left the door open and a bird flew in.... Is it my problem as landlord or theres to solve? If it is my problem how do I get a bird out of the laundry room? Thanks for your help!

I would open all doors and windows and see if it will fly out.  

You can also toss a towel over it and hold it and take it outside. 

I would help my tenant. 

ETA once you open doors/windows dont stand in front of it - walk out of the room and see if it will leave on its own. It wants out as badly as you want it out! 

@Tiffany Smith I would go over and help them get it out. Only because some people do strange things in those situations and you don't want any destruction. 

Why is it that people can't seem to handle anything?

We have had this happen in our own home. We figured it out, got the bird to fly out in about 1 minute. I had to get a squirrel out of one of my rentals. That was a bit harder as they are so pig-headed. I still was able to do it without calling anyone.

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As their landlord you have a responsibility to help your tenant. Tell them to open the door.

Removing a bird is fairly easy: darken the entire room except for one open window. The bird will go towards the light and remove itself. Barring that, you can cover it with a towel, pick it up and put it outside. 

Originally posted by @Thomas S. :

As their landlord you have a responsibility to help your tenant. Tell them to open the door.

Wow... your lease says you are there for them to abuse?  Man that sucks.  

If a tenant called a professional management company the PM would most likely tell them it was their problem to handle and would possibly give the advice given here of how to get rid of it. 

I know I’m not running over to my property to do a tenant responsibility.  Next they will be calling to do their laundry.   

@Eric C. What? He specifically said he would tell them to open the door. Not run over there lol.
@Tiffany Smith I had a Tennant that had a bat get in their place one night. I was only 5 minutes away so I went and caught that sucker and took it outside. For a bird I would tell them to open windows and leave it alone for a while if they weren't comfortable catching it but I wouldn't be making the trip over or paying for anyone to help them get it out.

Good gravy; are we talking about a vulture here?

The obvious answer is to leave the door that the bird flew in open and the darn thing is likely to fly out the same way it came in pretty soon.


Gail

Personally I would help them out if they are unable to get it out themselves, it's a pretty small task overall. If you don't feel comfortable, I would call a pest control specialist.

Thank you everyone. I am on my way there to help with the bird :)

@Eric C.

As Matt points out I would tell them on the phone when they called to open the door and let it out. I am absolutely not at my tenants beck and call.

One advantage that a C/D class property landlord would have is that they would not get a call. The bird would end up as dinner.

It's been 4 hours has the invader been removed? :)

Originally posted by @Mike Cumbie :

It's been 4 hours has the invader been removed? :)

there has been a setback ,it turned out to be an Eagle!!!!

works for us!!!

Oh boy they're protected !!!

Originally posted by @Thomas S. :

@Eric C.

As Matt points out I would tell them on the phone when they called to open the door and let it out. I am absolutely not at my tenants beck and call.

One advantage that a C/D class property landlord would have is that they would not get a call. The bird would end up as dinner.

Haha.  I can’t say that I’ve ever had city bird before.  

@Tiffany Smith I can’t be the only one that thought you were referring to “Bird” as In the scooter right....

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