Maintenance can cover a variety of areas and in our last edition on this topic we are going to
briefly cover gardens plus locks and keys.
It is interesting how many tenants believe they are doing the landlord a favour in upkeeping the gardens and lawns at a rental property when in fact it is their responsibility to do so, however, this must be stipulated in the tenancy agreement.
Before submitting a rental application for a property, a tenant has the opportunity to view the property (including the yards) and assess whether or not it will be suitable for their living arrangements. During a rental viewing it would be encouraged for a tenant to especially take note of the gardens and lawns and whether or not they will be able to maintain them. If not do not apply or negotiate with the landlord as part of the application process.
Front and backyards are the tenant’s responsibility to maintain to at least the same standard as applied at the commencement of the tenancy agreement. Garden maintenance can include regularly mowing the lawns, weeding and water the gardens.
Watering the gardens!
With the dry winter we have had and a predicted dry summer ahead, tenants need to be mindful and keep watering the gardens and lawns. This is their responsibility as far as the maintenance goes even if they are paying for the water. It’s not okay to let the garden and/or lawns die, this could become a very expensive exercise for the tenant to rectify this situation.
Locks and keys.
A landlord must ensure a rental property is reasonably secure and therefore must provide and maintain locks and other devices as necessary. If a lock needs to be changed or removed both the tenant and landlord must agree and can’t unreasonably withhold consent. In situations where the tenant has locked themselves out or aren’t able to access the rental property (due to loss of keys) they can collect a spare key, for temporary use, as long as it’s reasonable to do so. The tenant is up for the costs for cutting new keys if required in these circumstances.
If a landlord and/or the property manager needs to attend the property, to provide access to the tenant, they may be able to charge the tenant for reasonable expenses involved, subject to guidelines.
Most tenancy agreements are very clear on the rights and obligations of a tenant as well as a landlord so if everyone does their part then there should be minimal disruption to either party. A good property manager will complement the relationship between all parties.
If you own an investment property and would like peace of mind, contact Lisa Akeroyd from
Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 to discuss your rental management strategy.