Our Top Tips to help with Garden Maintenance

Properties with gardens are highly sought after by renters, which is good news if youโ€™re a landlord trying to attract good-quality tenants.

However, what can be an asset at the start of a tenancy can later become the source of disagreement.

Get it right by following these tips:

๐Ÿญ. ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ

Plant low-maintenance shrubs. Tenants will most likely be responsible for tending to them so itโ€™s best to make life easier for everyone by avoiding fast-growing plants like bamboo and Creeping Jenny.

๐Ÿฎ. ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

Ensure the garden is in top shape at the start of a tenancy โ€“ this will set the tone for whatโ€™s expectedโ€”weed, mow and clear out the gutters.

๐Ÿฏ. ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

The rental contract should explain each partyโ€™s responsibilities. As a general rule, tenants should leave the garden in the same condition at the end of a tenancy as it was when they moved in. The landlord is responsible for structural issues, such as fences, paths and walls.

๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

Detail the state of the garden in the check-in report so that you and your tenant have something to refer to if thereโ€™s any confusion.

๐Ÿฑ. ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€

Donโ€™t overlook the garden during periodic inspections. If you spot a problem โ€“ such as a build-up of rubbish or a mountain of weeds โ€“ you can raise it early.

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