my tenant's cat has fleas -- vet bill was $340

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One of my current roommates who moved in two months ago found fleas on her cat. We got rid of it with weekly anti-flea spray and daily vacuuming. The vacuuming we’ve been doing together switching every other day for 3 weeks. She did have a bill from the vet for $340. From reading the internet, getting rid of pests with a cleaning service is the landlord’s responsibility if it was caused by negligent care of the house. If it can be proven that the tenant caused it, it's their responsibility.

Her cat has always been an indoor cat so she thinks the fleas came from the room. She thinks it could be my previous roommate’s dog but my previous roommate apparently has always given him anti-flea medicine so I can’t really prove anything either way.

Do you think I should cover her vet bill or split it? Should I split it three ways with the previous tenant who had the dog?

What does your lease say?

My lease says I will pay for pest control during first 30 days, beyond that it is tenants responsibility.

I have not seen fleas in a house that didn't have pets.

Negligent care of the house as far as keeping it clean would be tenants responsibility unless the landlord is coming over there every week and pushing a vacuum cleaner around and washing the dishes.

Yeah. Pest control yes. Question is do I pay for incidentals like the veterinary bill that diagnosed and treated her cat for fleas?

Lease doesn't mention incidentals like that.

Not your cat, tenant is responsible.

i wouldnt pay one time. That's part owning a pet. That's why landlords don't allow pets.

i wouldn't pay one dime. That's part owning a pet. That's why landlords don't allow pets.

Originally posted by @Jimmy S. :

Yeah. Pest control yes. Question is do I pay for incidentals like the veterinary bill that diagnosed and treated her cat for fleas?

 Pay that vet bill once and they'll be sending you All vet bills forever. Tenants cat got fleas how is that your problem, it's her cat. If there was no cat there wouldn't be fleas. 

@Jimmy S.

Hi Jimmy,

Flea sprays work, but it's easier to use (Food Grade) Diatomaceous Earth.

Just spread it over the carpet and pet a little on the cat.

It works very quickly, and is non-toxic.

Just make sure to get Food Grade and not any other kind, the other kinds are harmful to pets and humans.

You can get it on the internet, it works great and it works very quickly.

Just look up cat fleas "Food Grade" Diatomaceous Earth on the internet to learn about it.

Good Luck!

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