My old landlord is deducting £150 from my deposit due to gardening costs. Upon moving in, the landlord hired gardeners to completely strip away the borders and weeds etc, leaving it barren. Since then I have kept the garden tidy, and kept the patio/gravel areas weed free, but allowed the borders to grow back. I have attached before and after pictures.
Now the contract states: “Furthermore, to keep the patio areas (if any), paths, garden areas, lawns, hedges, flower beds, shrubs or bushes and borders (if any) as tidy, weed free and cultivated, as at commencement of the tenancy and not to change the layout of the garden in any way.”
So the garden is not exactly as it was when we moved in, but it is in a perfectly acceptable condition. Does the landlord have the right to charge me £150, and would he manage to get this through a small claims court?