Who Is Responsible For Trimming The Hedges?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC 0225227139

You would think this was a pretty easy question to answer, right? Usually, it is. However, I recently spoke to a tenant who did not realize it was their responsibility to trim the hedges of the rental property.

Generally, tenants are responsible for trimming hedges, mowing grass and cleaning the gutters of rental property in the beautiful state of Virginia where I am licensed as a real estate agent. If you are reading this, and you are not from Virginia, I advise you to find out what your local laws are regarding tenants and landlords.

If the property has elaborate landscaping on it, then the tenant would not be expected to maintain that, unless it was otherwise specified in the lease agreement. Or if a plant were to die, it would not be the tenant's responsibility to replace it. This doesn't give anyone license to go killing the plants in the yard. 

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Posted by

Nannette Turner Saunders, Associate Broker

Short Sales Coordinator

Keller Williams Realty

1709 Laskin Road

Virginia Beach Va

Comments (3)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I give our renters a list of what yard work is theirs to do...no excuses

Apr 22, 2017 10:48 AM
Nannette Turner

That is great advice! I guess assuming someone who wouldn't read the lease, would read the list is reasonable?

Apr 26, 2017 03:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nanette, it is best to give the tenants a list of what they are responsibile for, and there won't be any gray areas.

Apr 22, 2017 11:39 AM
Nannette Turner

A list may help in some cases. Certainly, can't hurt!

Apr 26, 2017 03:23 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If there is a question of the responsibilities, it would be wise of the tenant to have it clarified in the lease before they move in.

Apr 22, 2017 06:18 PM
Nannette Turner

I've clarified it verbally. I may have them sign or initial a list before moving in for my records. Not that it can assure that there is clarity, however, it may help.

Apr 26, 2017 03:24 AM