Weed management

Question from Jonathan updated on 27th December 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 expert Bernard Parker responded:

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.

Bernard is principal of Quinovic – Kapiti-Mana. Quinovic's outstanding people and systems provide the most professional, effective and reliable residential property management service in the NZ market for over 30 years.

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