GARDEN MAINTENANCE- WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
Gardens often cause problems- As a landlord it can be quite distressing to see a much loved and cultivated garden be left to overgrow and frustratingly most tenants are not good gardeners. Of course, this is a generalisation but this does often seem be the case.
So, what can be done to minimise worry?
In our tenancy agreement it is stated that the responsibility of all grass cutting, weeding, cultivating of shrubs, bushes and flower beds lies with the tenant. The garden should be left in the same condition as it was found at the commencement of the tenancy.
This is all very well but unfortunately this doesn’t always mean tenants abide by this perfectly.
To cause less stress and worry for both tenant and landlord we offer the following advice:
- If the garden is very important, and this particularly applies to landlords who are only letting short term and plan to return, then we recommend the landlord employing a regular gardener. The cost for this can either be added onto the rent and can form part of the negotiation process.
- It is unfair to expect tenants to cut large trees or hedges so we advise landlords employing a professional to take this on several times a year. This also applies to any special or tender types of plant- you cannot expect tenants to be garden experts. Compromises can be reached- landlords can agree to maintain certain aspects of the garden like hedges, trees and shrubs and the tenant is responsible for lawn mowing and weeding. Again- this can be negotiated.
- If you are using our gold, fully managed, service then we will perform inspections every 3 months. During the growing season we will check the lawn is being cut regularly as far as possible and that weeding is being kept on top of. We will report back to you if we are worried and can take action if necessary.
- If you have an inventory provided by us at the start of the tenancy, then we will include photos of the garden and will do our best to make sure it is handed back in a similar condition at the end of the tenancy even if this means we have to make deductions from the deposit with the tenant’s consent.
If you are concerned about the upkeep of your properties garden, then we are able to offer a regular gardening package which can include lawn mowing, weeding, hedge cutting and tree loping. Please contact us for more details on 0121 445 7410 or email email@example.com