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Our 6 top tips for tenants on how to manage your garden this spring

Our 6 top tips for tenants on how to manage your garden this spring

Now that spring has arrived and we experience warmer temperatures, our gardens will start to grow and need regular maintenance.

In the majority of cases, much of the basic upkeep of a garden with a rental property tends to be the tenant’s responsibility. However, the Tenancy Agreement will usually confirm who is responsible and what they are expected to do, such as keeping the garden clear of rubbish, mowing the lawn and generally maintaining the garden to a reasonable standard in keeping with the time of year.

The latest Tenancy Dispute Scheme (TDS) garden maintenance poll confirms that there may be confusion surrounding who is responsible for garden upkeep. 74% of those surveyed believe it is the tenant’s responsibility, 13% felt that this is a mutual responsibility and 9% of those surveyed believed landlords are accountable.

To avoid confusion and ensure you are meeting your obligations, here are our 6 top tips that could help you avoid garden maintenance disputes:

1. First and foremost, read the garden clause in your Tenancy Agreement thoroughly and ask your Landlord or Agent if you require any clarifications with regards to any garden maintenance.

2. Discuss any garden care you need to address, for example, regularly mowing the lawn, watering plants where necessary and keeping the garden tidy throughout the tenancy.

3. If you would like to make any changes to the garden then detail any works you would like to undertake in writing; don’t assume your Landlord will agree. Always wait for confirmation in writing from them before you proceed with any works.

4. If you notice any damage during your tenancy, such as broken fencing, then inform your Landlord/Agent immediately, so it doesn’t become a bigger issue later down the line.

5. Check if your Landlords are supplying garden tools/equipment for you to use. If not, it’s your responsibility as Tenants to have the correct equipment to carry out garden tasks, such as mowing lawns/weeding etc.

6. Check the condition of the garden at the start and end of the tenancy. A good inventory and schedule will detail the gardens condition with photos, which can be used as a reference during the tenancy and at check out.

For more information visit our tenant information page, where you will be able to find further useful information for tenants or, alternatively, contact your local branch to discuss how Stags can assist you.