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Trashed lawn - damage or wear and tear?

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« on: February 08, 2022, 05:57:12 PM »

Tenants have just moved out. When they moved in there was a full lush lawn, now there's mud and a few sparce tufts.
Would this be classed as damage (and can claim for it on deposit)  or wear and tear?
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2022, 08:00:21 PM »

If you have an Inventory and Schedule of Condition then you will have pictures of before and after.

If your ex-Tenant is a reasonable and honourable person, then maybe they will meekly accept that this is an issue they should stump up some money for. After all they are supposed to hand back a property (the entirety of it) in much the same condition as when they took it on, we all know that.

If they are not, or the Tenancy ended on bad terms, then you are likely to have a fight on your hands... by that, I imply that you would request such a deduction, they would firmly refuse and if you persisted in requesting they might escalate to the Deposit Scheme's objective third-party dispute resolution service... and, from there, who knows?

The Deposit Scheme might come back and say "grass grows" (an old Kenyan idiom pertaining to death)...

In reality the old African idiom of "when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers" might be more appropriate here... but make sure you aren't the weak one referred to.

In nearly all Deposit situations it is better to come to an agreement. I never never yet failed at achieving this. It is not because I am a pushover or incredibly lenient. But I discuss things and willingly meet a pugnacious Tenant half-way if that means I can get a quick resolution with some funds in my pocket and avoid the rigmarole that is anything to do with a Deposit Scheme.

I'm quite sure there's an idiom for that.

All that said, I've always wanted a quad-bike.
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