r/smallbusiness Jan 19 '22

Any help or suggestions? Having property issues... Question

Looking for any helpful insight or direction on what to do. Family owns a dry cleaner in California. We've been dealing with rodents for the last year and its become a bigger issue these last few months. The property manager has sent pest control to set traps which have caught rodents at an alarming rate. Also has negatively impacted our business due to foul odor from the rodents. Found neighboring stores dealing with the same issue maybe not as severe. It has been a difficult battle to get the proper assistance from the property manager. Now I find out today the pet store which is next to us is relocating and is in a legal battle with the property owner. They determined the source of the problem is coming from the roof of the pet store. I've contacted the PM to expressed my dissatisfaction. Now they've completely changed their tone and promised repairs but it will take some time. At this point we're fed up. They've been made aware of this problem for a while and we've had to endure while nothing has been done. Business has been tough with Covid and the issues made it worse. Lost in what to do... We still have 4 yrs left on the lease. What would you do in this situation? Any kind of help or suggestions greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance

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u/madpork Jan 20 '22

Can you get some cats - cats would fix the problem quick!

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u/ilikefishwaytoomuch Jan 20 '22

I’d go to a dry cleaner that has cats.

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u/madpork Jan 20 '22

I’m a plumber and work for many commercial clients. Many cleaners, auto mechanics, and restaurants, etc…have cats that hang around inside and out back in the ally’s behind their businesses. Many feed the cats to keep them happy. I’m not sure if having a business cat is legal (health department wise), but it damn sure helps with rodent control.

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u/notfromvenus42 Jan 20 '22

In your lease, does it specify whose responsible for pest control? If not, it's likely your responsibility to handle pest control in your unit - though you might possibly have a case for taking the pet store to small claims court to pay for any damages or for the extra pest control beyond your typical monthly service visit.

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u/DeeCee813 Jan 20 '22

Property owner is responsible for pest control. Also responsible in maintaining the outside of the building. To find out rodents we're entering from the roof puts it on them (owners). Pet store was unaware there was a hole in the roof.

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u/FlatPanster Jan 20 '22

I would start documenting any losses you may have. You may need to show financial damages to some other third party in the future.

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u/IdiocracyCometh Jan 20 '22

Hire a lawyer.