Weed management

Jonathan asks:
(updated on Thursday, December 27th 2018)

In my tenancy agreement, it states that the tenants are responsible for gardening and weeding. The weeds at the property are bordering upon unmanageable and I have asked them to do the weeding. They've stated that they will do the weeding if I buy weedkiller. Is this something I need to pay for, or is it included in the conditions of the contract?

Our Experts Answer:

Where a tenant is responsible for weeding, they must take care of the total job. Usually weeding involves removal of weeds, and it doesn’t have to include using weed killer. Just as a tenant can mow lawns or pay somebody to do the job, the same applies to garden weeding. They cannot impose any costs on the landlord for weed killer.

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