So I was opening my mail and I accidently opened a letter addressed to my landlord, oops! It was a letter from our local council fining him $200 for not maintaining the "garden"(4ft long dead grass, shrubs, weeds) out the front of our house which we're renting.
The fine is addressed to him but it was issued early Jan this year. We moved in mid Nov last year, but when we moved in the backyard had been maintained but not the front yard. The property manager said he was still getting around to do the front but never did & it states on the condition report (with photos) that the back had been mowed but the front was still a mess with grass, weeds and shrubs.
I'm not sure who is to pay for the fine. I believe he is but I'm worried that even though it was his responsibility to maintain the front before we moved in, it was issued while we reside here. Who do you think is at fault? If he wants me to pay for it do you think I'd have a chance to fight for him to pay the fine at vcat.