Landlords are obligated to maintain a fit and habitable home that includes ensuring it is not infested with rodents and vermin to include things like bees and bats. (Keep in mind, tenants have an obligation to keep up with pest control and maintain a clean home to prevent infestation – but that’s another story.)
Of course, we can’t control where bees, bats, birds, etc., are going to fly and nest. But there are many things that a landlord (or homeowner can do) to deter and prevent problems with these “critters”.
A property that I manage – with a backyard that has several rose bushes – gets visits from bees every spring. What do bees do when bushes bloom? They pollenate – but then they go away. And the tenant is worried about being stung by a bee. The owner always does what is reasonable to prevent bee problems, but cannot stop the bees from "visiting" the property.
So, if a tenant is stung by a visiting bee – is the landlord liable? No.
On the other hand, if there is an infestation of bees, also known as a hive, then yes, a landlord can be held liable. Unfortunately, if there are bees, or wasps, setting up permanent homes on the property, it is the responsibility of the landlord to remedy that problem – just as if it were happening at their own place of residence.
If the landlord does not do what is necessary to provide a safe residence, and a tenant is stung by a bee, then the landlord will get stung back – and the tenant can submit written notice to terminate the lease.
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .