The NSW Residential Ten rental Act (2010) does not provide much clarity regarding the maintenance of the garden and who is responsible for what. It simply states that tenants are responsible for “general maintenance,” usually interpreted as tasks such as lawnmowers, weeds and irrigation. It is also generally considered the owner`s responsibility to maintain gutters, cut down trees and remove fallen branches. Choose your tenants carefully: if your property has a garden, for example, you can focus on longer-term rental contracts, which are more likely to look after the garden than in the short term. 3. Ask the owner (in writing) before making changes to the garden – changes usually require the owner`s consent In a few simple steps, you can easily avoid future problems if a tenant does not take proper care of the garden. Do you mind that the tenant makes contact in his garden, that is, organizes parties and barbecues? This may seem draconian, but some owners do not allow social events because of the noise and nuisance factor that results. If the property is in a quiet residential area and your tenants are party animals, it won`t be long before the all-night bbq party starts causing headaches for you and the neighbors. If you want to ban social events in the garden, insert a clause in the AST. It is helpful to provide gardening tools to encourage your tenants to preserve the garden. Consider providing a lawnmower and some basic gardening tools, such as a handcuff and fork, pickaxe, raking, etc.
Make sure tenants can keep this equipment, i.e. a shed. Remember that many tenants will not already have this equipment, it is an investment that most tenants only make in safe long-term rents. Similarly, the availability of these tools will ensure that they are not stored inside the land, thus damaging walls and flooring. If your investment property has hedges that you don`t want to remove or you want to have well-maintained garden beds, we recommend that you book a professional service at least twice a year – or even once a quarter. We are happy to help you organize these services, whether they are regular or regular.