Tenant FAQ: “Am I responsible even though I didn’t plant it or grow it?”
March 3, 2017
This week we received a call from a tenant that received an HOA violation for excessive weed growth in the yard in addition to failing to maintain the lawn and trimming the bushes.
Tenant Q: “Do I just needed to let you know so you can contract someone.
Management A: “No, this is tenant responsibility.”
Tenant Q: “Even though I didn’t plant it or grow it – this is my responsibility?”
Management A: “Yes, it is tenant responsibility per your lease.”
The lease states:
“Maintenance Responsibility: The following shall be the responsibility of the party indicated. Yard Maintenance: Front Yard: Tenant Back Yard: Tenant.” It further states: “Upkeep of the Premises: …..Tenant shall maintain the Premises in a neat and undamaged condition and, in particular, shall comply with applicable provisions of building codes, homeowners’ association or other ruse and regulations; maintain the Premises in a clean and safe condition; disposes of all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste; keep and use all plumbing and electrical, sanitary, heating , ventilating and air conditioning facilities and elevators and other facilities and appliances in a clean ad reasonable manner; and generally conduct themselves and other in their charge, including pets, in a manner so as not to disturb their neighbors or in any way, deface, damage, impair or otherwise destroy any part of the Premises.”