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Garden rented house - patio poor state of repair.

Hi there, our rented house has a garden that’s mainly patio. While we try keep it tidy, the patio is in a poor state of repair. Lots of cracks and the paving needs to be repointed . There’s way more weeds than there should be considering it’s mainly concrete and it’s very time consuming to keep on top of it. Is the landlord responsible for upkeeping the stricture of outside spaces? I know tenants are responsible for the weeding etc but the paving could definitely do with some TLC outside of the weeding. Thanks in advance 

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  • theartfullodger
    theartfullodger Posts: 14,588 Forumite
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    Write /email landlord, copy agent, keep copy, listing ALL repair issues using draft letter on Shelter's website for reporting repairs   That page then tells you what to do if not fixed. Stress the danger of falls/accidents 
  • ThisIsWeird
    ThisIsWeird Posts: 4,837 Forumite
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    edited 16 February at 10:13AM
    If it's a safety issue - loose slabs, raised trip-hazard edges, etc, then definitely the LL needs to sort it.
    If 'merely' cosmetic, then it could be a matter of opinion whether it's essential.
    Photos, please?
  • theartfullodger
    theartfullodger Posts: 14,588 Forumite
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    Was there an inventory and photos provided when you moved in if whole house and patio?
  • mexican_dave
    mexican_dave Posts: 274 Forumite
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    @propertyrental your link is meaningless, have you provided the wrong link?
    Weeds in the garden are normal, it nature! The height of the weeds is up to the tenant to control. Trip hazards from loose slabs are the landlords problem. Except regarding weeds, the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden (the weeds) as part of the rental agreement.
  • BobT36
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    edited 18 February at 9:57PM
    @propertyrental your link is meaningless, have you provided the wrong link?
    Weeds in the garden are normal, it nature! The height of the weeds is up to the tenant to control. Trip hazards from loose slabs are the landlords problem. Except regarding weeds, the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden (the weeds) as part of the rental agreement.
    He's telling them to buy some weedkiller to sort those themselves, lol. 

    The paving is the landlord's problem though, if causing issues and not merely cosmetic (otherwise LL could just ignore it). 

    Responsibility for maintaining fixtures / "buildings" things (paving) is responsibility of landlord. 

    For things like general gardening / weeds, usually tenant, but depends on the tenancy agreement. 
  • mexican_dave
    mexican_dave Posts: 274 Forumite
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    BobT36 said:
    @propertyrental your link is meaningless, have you provided the wrong link?
    Weeds in the garden are normal, it nature! The height of the weeds is up to the tenant to control. Trip hazards from loose slabs are the landlords problem. Except regarding weeds, the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden (the weeds) as part of the rental agreement.
    He's telling them to buy some weedkiller to sort those themselves, lol. 

    The paving is the landlord's problem though, if causing issues and not merely cosmetic (otherwise LL could just ignore it). 

    Responsibility for maintaining fixtures / "buildings" things (paving) is responsibility of landlord. 

    For things like general gardening / weeds, usually tenant, but depends on the tenancy agreement. 

    Yes BobT36, it does depend on the tenancy agreement, which is why I have said "...the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden...". I know of a large 5-bed 2-bathroom premium property in our neighborhood where the landlord pays a gardener to maintain the garden (&weeds), written into the tenancy agreement so the tenants don't have to bother. Me I cut my own grass sadly. Don't understand why you think that's so hilarious? Please explain to us all where my post is obviously giving incorrect advice.
  • BobT36
    BobT36 Posts: 568 Forumite
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    BobT36 said:
    @propertyrental your link is meaningless, have you provided the wrong link?
    Weeds in the garden are normal, it nature! The height of the weeds is up to the tenant to control. Trip hazards from loose slabs are the landlords problem. Except regarding weeds, the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden (the weeds) as part of the rental agreement.
    He's telling them to buy some weedkiller to sort those themselves, lol. 

    The paving is the landlord's problem though, if causing issues and not merely cosmetic (otherwise LL could just ignore it). 

    Responsibility for maintaining fixtures / "buildings" things (paving) is responsibility of landlord. 

    For things like general gardening / weeds, usually tenant, but depends on the tenancy agreement. 

    Yes BobT36, it does depend on the tenancy agreement, which is why I have said "...the landlord has specifically undertaken to maintain the garden...". I know of a large 5-bed 2-bathroom premium property in our neighborhood where the landlord pays a gardener to maintain the garden (&weeds), written into the tenancy agreement so the tenants don't have to bother. Me I cut my own grass sadly. Don't understand why you think that's so hilarious? Please explain to us all where my post is obviously giving incorrect advice.
    I was merely having a chuckle at his sarcasm. 

    The rest of my post was mostly aimed at the OP and the thread in general. 
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