I was just wondering if anyone knows about or can link me to the section in the tenancies act in regards to the maintenance of a rental property's garden.
We are renting. In our front yard there were 2 large shrubs/trees. They were hanging right over the garden edge onto the grass. We had a very windy night a few weeks back and one snapped low to the base so we had to trim it off. We trimmed the other one also as it was likely to do the same over time. The real estate has just called and the owner has driven past and is not happy. I think now and yes we should have contacted the real estate prior to trimming the tress but we didn't.
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06-01-2014 10:12 #1
Rental property garden question
06-01-2014 10:19 #2
Wow thats petty. First world problem
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06-01-2014 10:54 #3
I know, right! They would have whinged if we had left them.
06-01-2014 11:35 #4
Explain what happened. Yes before making "major" changes you are supposed to ask. But I think they need to allow a bit in this case
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06-01-2014 12:36 #5
It's very petty on the owners behalf. Did you explain to the RE as to why you trimmed them?
I guess next time, leave the tree snapped, report it to the RE and let the owners deal with it.
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06-01-2014 12:40 #6
So you're not allowed to trim trees at all then ? That seems a bit silly. What are the owners doing driving past inspecting the property anyway ? I understand that they own it but isn't that what periodical inspections are for ? I'd really feel like my privacy had been violated if I were you
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If the landlord kicks up a fuss, hit them with a breach for quiet enjoyment. How are you meant to relax in your own home if they are driving past having stickybeaks? Who's to say that they aren't looking through the windows or over fences aswell? (I'm not paranoid enough to think that they are actually doing this, but if they want to be petty, I would be petty right back)
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06-01-2014 12:42 #8-
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I have always kept shrubs trimmed and shaped and I have always been praised by my landlord for keeping the garden tidy. I would explain what happened...it's not like you maliciously cut the shrubs down!
06-01-2014 13:13 #9
Yes I explained why they were cut. They are still there. They will grow back, no doubt hanging right over the grass again as that is the way they lean. Apparently we also have 'a lot' of rubbish in the driveway. There were 2 large boxes up the end of the drive which I believe they would only have seen had they got out of their car or driven in the drive. They were from childrens Christmas presents, waiting for dh to take to the tip. I do feel like our privacy has been somewhat violated. I'm now going to stress all the time thinking, what if they drive past. I said that to the real estate and she said 'don't be so rude, they have every right to drive past whenever they like'. The real estate is going to come past and take photos. I suppose we will go from there.
06-01-2014 13:26 #10
I'd be giving the tenancy advocacy agency in your state a call, I'm site they can't just drive past whenever they like.
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