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Just after advice about my communal gardens. I live in a converted house that is now three flats. We have a large garden/parking area out the back. My tenancy agreement states that I must keep the gardens (if any) neat and tidy at all times.

my question is: are my wife and I actually responsible for the communal gardens? 

I don’t understand why the maintenance is our (or any of the other tenants’) responsibility, and would have expected the landlord/lettings agent to manage this.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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Hi James- whilst Tenants are expected to maintain gardens the law views Landlords as the ‘long term’ beneficiaries and, as such, expect over 50% of any costs to be covered by them.

In my agency, we have the Lansdlord pay for a Spring & Winter overhaul (weeding, trimming bushes & trees, etc) and then the Tenants are resposible for general upkeep the rest of the time. However, the Landlord has to provide any and all tolls to do so such as a lawnmower, rake, sacatuers, etc.

Hope that helps- Kristjan

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