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Garden maintenance can be a thorny issue between tenants and landlords, so here’s a useful guide to help avoid confusion.
Now that spring is here, there are lots of tasks to be done in the garden, such as watering, weeding and mowing. But if the garden is part of a rental property, who is responsible for doing them? That’s a question that has vexed many tenants and landlords over the years (garden maintenance is the cause of about a quarter of all deposit disputes*). So, here’s an outline of responsibilities for maintaining outdoor areas at a rental property.
But first… a disclaimer
This article provides a general overview of common issues; it does not constitute legal advice. If you’re in any doubt about what’s expected of you, always refer to your tenancy agreement.
It’s up to the tenant to keep the garden in a good condition and ensure that at the end of the tenancy, it’s in the same state as it was at the start. This means:
Other key points
The landlord is responsible for big jobs that require specialist training, such as:
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* The Dispute Service.