“Is it the tenant’s responsibility to replace the woodchip/mulch in a garden when vacating the property?” Tenant, NSW

We asked Senior Property Manager at BradfieldCleary Real Estate, Emma Bettencourt, for her advice.

As a tenant, you must return the property in as close as possible condition as to how you originally received it, less fair wear and tear,” Emma said.

“Your Ingoing Condition Report comes under scrutiny when vacating, so it’s best to match things up to clear your name.”

“If this includes woodchips/mulch, I would prefer to get it sorted myself than risk it being deducted from my bond.”

Rule to remember: When in doubt, ask your agent before you vacate. This will give you time to sort it out yourself before moving.

Responsibility for garden maintenance

Unless the tenancy agreement says otherwise, the tenant is generally responsible for mowing and edging lawns, watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilising. These responsibilities could easily be termed ‘general maintenance’.

Ultimately, the tenant is responsible for maintaining the garden to a standard set at the beginning of the tenancy.

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Emma Bettencourt
Emma Bettencourt
Emma Bettencourt is the Senior Property Manager at BradfieldCleary Real Estate in Double Bay, New South Wales. Commencing her real estate career in 2011, Emma prides herself on attention to detail and knowledge of legislation. Before joining the BradfieldCleary team in 2017, Emma had more than seven years of experience with Mint360Property in Randwick. Emma's expertise is in both residential and commercial real estate. She holds a Certificate of Registration.

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  1. “As a tenant, you must return the property in as close as possible condition as to how you originally received it, less fair wear and tear”

    How is mulch or bark being eroded by wind and rain not counted as fair wear and tear?

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