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    Default Re: Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    Quote Originally Posted by mumma2ajem View Post
    id say it will be yours then i highly doubt the council would have sent someone to mow it so it must if been your landlord but if you have been in there since nov and it was issued in Jan surely it will fall onto you ?
    No I think in this case it will fall on the landlord. They were required to 'kick start' how the lawns should be maintained but failed to do so.

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    You were there 2 months and didn't mow/weed just because it wasn't done before you moved in?

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    Default Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    We had done all thw weeding & dug a huge prickly shrub out that was aa tall as me. But we hadn't moved as we don't own a mower (were asking to borrow one).

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    Default Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    If it was in your entry report about the long grass and weeds and they haven't had it mowed then I would assume it would be on the landlord or the real estate if they were meant to of organised mowing. Either way I'd give your real estate a call and apologise for accidentally opening the mail and saying there is a fine there. Actually I'd put it in writing via email and refer to your entry report and photos.

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    Default Re: Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    Technically, since it's in your condition report you could leave the yard in the same state at the end of your tenancy. Is it the *right* thing to do? No. But it does go to show how it can cause problems for the agent and/or landlord at the end of a lease. The lesson for landlords: make sure everything at the start of a lease is how you would like it at the end of said lease

    As for a pp suggesting email, good point. That way you have it in black and white and aren't just going on memory.

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    Thanks for the great advice ladies, I'll write them an email now & hopefully there isn't too much drama!

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    Default Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    The rental I lived in which was a townhouse (not body corp style tho) was maintained by a gardener (I believe at the owners expense) it was a shared kinda garden

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    Default Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    I can't believe your council fines you for having a messy front yard. In our old suburb they would have been making a mint (though I'm sure no one would have paid anyway!). We were just as guilty as all the rest in our street, there was one guy who had a ride on mower and he used to drive up and down and do everyone's verge when he did his own - what a top bloke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfishie View Post
    I can't believe your council fines you for having a messy front yard. In our old suburb they would have been making a mint (though I'm sure no one would have paid anyway!). We were just as guilty as all the rest in our street, there was one guy who had a ride on mower and he used to drive up and down and do everyone's verge when he did his own - what a top bloke!
    I'd say it is more likely a resident nearby has complained to the council who has come out and given the fine, otherwise they wouldn't police it. Same as noise complaints etc. One place I lived the old retired person always complained about bins on the street as the council rule was they had to be gone within 8 hours of collection or something like that, which was hard for people who worked, so the houses near us kept getting warnings for their bins being out lol.

    OP, why don't you call the tenancy people in your state and ask? I wouldn't believe the agency on what they might say, email them of course, but still call up just in case to see where you stand. Did you send emails requesting the work to be done? We usually have to send about 3 including emails before anything gets done, and this has been the same at all our rentals. Agents especially like to promise that things will be fixed if you move in but don't do anything once you have. Hopefully it isn't your fault.

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    Default Re: Need advice on council fine & landlord!

    You can leave the front lawn unmowed when you move out, but it's still your responsibility to maintain the lawns and gardens through out your tenancy. I think it might be your fine to pay.

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