LAW – Rented property: How much gardening are you allowed to do in a property rented from a private Landlord?

How much gardening are you allowed to do in a property rented from a private Landlord?
I am renting a house which has a garden. Can I trim bushes, plant things or cut trees which broke due to heavy snow?

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10 Responses to “LAW – Rented property: How much gardening are you allowed to do in a property rented from a private Landlord?”

  1. MICHAEL said:

    Yes, your landlord will be more than happy.

  2. badwolf_got_suspended said:

    my advice is check your contract, as i have been in some properties that have stated that your not allowed to do in a garden without permission, if your renting through an agent speak to them with ideas what you want to do in the garden if not contact your landlord direct.

    remember a landlord can ask you to return the garden to it’s original condition, so be aware

  3. Vicky said:

    Tenants are usually allowed (or even expected) to do basic maintenance and upkeep on the garden, but not any major replanting or changes to design/layout/landscape.

    If in doubt, check your tenancy agreement. If that doesn’t help then call your landlord and ask him/her.

  4. Wildcat said:

    There is no written law on this. This kind of thing is strictly bound by what you guys agree on.

  5. My Take on It said:

    I always did when I rented houses. I like to garden, so I would plant flowers, trim things and generally make the curb appeal really pop!

    If in doubt, ask the landlord if it is ok to do the more extreme things like trimming etc.

  6. Uncle Pennybags said:

    This really isn’t a LAW question, but about what’s covered in the lease.

    Does the landlord pay a gardening service? If so, they probably don’t want you to fool with it.

    If not, they’d probably be pleased that you wish to do so. But you should check first with the landlord in either case.

  7. Landlord said:

    Contract law is the one that governs this, whatever the landlord agrees to is acceptable.

  8. Classy Granny said:

    I am a landlord and I’d tell you yes to everything. Id be glad to have a tenant that showed interest in the way the place looked. I’d even reimburse you for taking care of trees that were damaged by heavy snow. Check with your landlord

  9. WelshLad said:

    Ask first.

  10. new nanna said:

    I’m sure your landlord will be delighted to have a tenant who wants to care for the garden. You could always ring him/her and speak about it – but I doubt you will have any problems. You sound like an ideal tenant.




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