If you’re lucky enough to be able to rent with a garden, or you are looking for a rental property with a garden, there are a few things that as a tenant you may need to keep in mind.
You want to maintain a good relationship with the landlord so you won’t lose any of your deposit.
If you are after a rental property with a garden, you need to think about security – something that is often overlooked. Keep an eye out for things such as gaps in fences, lockable gates and a security light.
If you have small children and there is a latch on the fence of your garden, then it is important to note how high it is and whether the garden is on a road. Likewise, if your new landlord allows you to have a pet, it is worth noting any potential routes for them to get out.
If the fence is on a road or alleyway with public access, it may be worth checking whether the latch has a lock for your own security in the property. If you think that any of these may be an issue, speak to the landlord to see whether they would be happy to rectify them.
Responsibility: tenant or landlord?
You may be surprised that as a tenant you do have some responsibility for the upkeep of the garden, in the same way you are responsible for keeping the house or flat you are renting clean. You need to keep the garden tidy and litter-free and stop it becoming overgrown at the bare minimum. This may be written into the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement that you will sign at the start of you tenancy
The size of the garden
Once you know the rules you will need to follow as a tenant, it is important to think about how much responsibility you want to take on. The larger the garden, the more time you will need to dedicate to maintaining it so that you adhere to the tenancy agreement.
If you don’t think you have the time or you aren’t very green-fingered, it may be better to opt for a smaller garden. It is also important to consider that, if you want to make any changes to the garden, you will need to ask the permission of the landlord before doing so.
For maintenance, it is essential you have the necessary tools, such as a lawnmower, trowel, spade, and gardening gloves. If you don’t have these and your landlord expects you to keep the garden tidy, ask whether they will provide them or whether you need to buy them. Then ensure that you have somewhere safe to put them, such as a shed.
Work, rest and play
If you are renting with a garden or looking for a property with one, it is important to consider all of the above, but most of all enjoy your outdoor space.