Gardens are always one of the top five factors in private tenancy deposit disputes. Letting agents and landlords can help minimise garden-related problems as we enter into the warmer seasons. Many of the causes can be avoided by taking a few easy steps. Here are our suggestions to prevent issues from arising and maintain gardens that develop and grow:
The main problems with gardens include weeds, lawns, fences, and overgrown plants, but disagreements can result from misunderstandings about who is in charge of fixing these typical issues.
In a TDS survey of 2,000 landlords and rental agents, 75% said that tenants are responsible for maintaining the gardens. The issue is that the tenant might not always be aware of this.
There are some broad recommendations about garden responsibility in rentals, but there are no rigid rules.
The tenant ill normally be responsible for performing general maintenance tasks, however, repairs of exterior elements including fences, drains, walls, paving, steps, and decking, for instance, will probably fall under the landlord’s legal obligation to maintain the property in a safe and functional condition.
While having tenants with the ability to garden is ideal, there are ways to make gardening at a rental property simpler for those who need guidance.
Conflicts of all kinds frequently arise when communication fails or there is miscommunication. At the beginning of the tenancy, establish open lines of contact and promote an environment of discussion.
It is beneficial to evaluate houses throughout the year because gardens can alter so radically from season to season. Visits are best made in the spring and autumn because each can bring to light different problems with a property’s external sections.
Rental homes with gardens are becoming progressively more popular. If you use the above advice, they frequently come with higher rental prices and less problems.
Seraph can arrange and be in charge of above communications with tenants and make sure everything is maintained all year long. Discover how to keep on top of garden disputes, inventories and tenancy checks with Seraph Property Management, here.