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