How long does management have to remove squirrels from the building?

UPDATED: Dec 22, 2011

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How long does management have to remove squirrels from the building?

I live in a 3rd floor apartment with about 90 units in the building. I complained about squirrels in the “attic” above my bedroom 3 times in the last week or so. At the last complaint, the property manager told me she was “getting bids” and that it was a long expensive process. She could not tell me when the problem would be resolved and that it had not been addressed 3 months ago when I had the same problem because when she looked she “saw no animals”. I have been woken up at 3:30 am every day this week due to scratching claws above my head. What next steps can I take?

Asked on December 22, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately the process of removing certain animals that may have taken up residence in a rental with paying tenants may take some time especially this time of year. Presumably the landlord or property manager is getting bids to trap the squirrels and remove them alive as opposed to placing poison out which would kill them leaving an unpleasant odor in the unit.

Most likely there are far fewer squirrel removal companies as opposed to other companies that eradicate insects in the area where you reside. My suggestion is to make two calls a week to the property manager as to the status of the rodent's removal and press for a set time period when the process will begin until started.

In answer to your question, the property manager and the landlord have a reasonable time period to remove the squirrels you are complaining about given the circumstances you have written.

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