Tenants’ Rats Relocated

 Usually when landlords find rats in an apartment they call out the exterminator.

But the rodents that a Kettering, Ohio landlord discovered in an apartment unit had a different destiny. These were pets, or rather “pocket pets” — nearly 300 of them, according to a news report.

The rat population was so dense that some were visible from the window.  The local Humane Society reports it has found homes for nearly all of them.

This case confirms how important it is for landlords to conduct regular inspections of their rental units. Whether it’s overcrowded pets or other code violations, a landlord risks liability if hazardous conditions go undetected.

In this case, the tenant has moved, and won’t face criminal charges, according to the report.

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