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Should You Let Tenants Mow the Lawn?

Gardens require a bit of upkeep and if you are considering purchasing an investment property in Darwin, you may be tempted to leave this responsibility to your tenants.

However, this may not always be the best option and there are pros and cons of giving tenants permission to weed and mow.


Allowing your tenants to maintain the outdoor space leaves you with one less thing to do during those busy weekends.

If tenants damage any property or kill any precious shrubs during their lease period, they will be required to fix the damage or replace the plants, so there is no real risk that you will be stuck with a brown lawn.

Most of the time, the requirement to mow the lawns is written into the tenancy agreement, and tenants must leave the property in the state they entered it at the end of their lease.


You may have some specialist trees, bushes or shrubs that require particular attention, so it may be better to look after these yourself.

If tenants do not follow through on their promises you may have to follow breach of agreement procedures, starting with a letter or notice that they have breached the agreement. This can lead to asking tenants to vacate your real estate in Darwin.

Things to be aware of

Tenants are generally not responsible for pruning of trees. This is usually the landlord or agent's job because of the potential of damage to the property.

You may want to note down the condition the lawn is in on the property condition report so you can easily refer to it at the end of the tenancy.

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