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Call of the week- Responsibility for clearing up leaves on path

Call of the week
Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A landlord phoned us this week with a question relating to leaves on the path of his property.

As the leaves are beginning to fall, this week’s Call of the Week is a common one from landlords at this time of year.

The landlord who called said he was unclear whether it was his responsibility to sweep up the leaves, or his tenants. He wanted to know what he should do, before the problem got worse.

The answer

An advisor from our Landlord Advice Team confirmed that it is the responsibility of the tenant to sweep up the leaves from the path of their rental property.

This is because something like this falls under ‘tenant-like manner’. This means that tenants are required to do everyday maintenance in the property if needed, for example changing light bulbs , unblocking the toilets and clearing up leaves from the path of a property.

However, it is important for this landlord to keep in mind that if there are leaves in the gutter, it IS the landlord’s responsibility to clear these up. More information on this can be found in a recent call of the week here.

Landlord Advice Team Manager Rupinder Aujla said: “Calls  like this are common at this time of year from landlords. It is important that landlords are clear on what is and is not their responsibility. If they are unsure, then they shouldn’t hesitate to contact our advice team”.

  • The RLA runs a course on Property Repairs, where landlords can learn more about what is and isn’t their responsibility to repair. With selected courses now 20% off, take a look.
  • Want to learn more about behaving in a ‘Tenant-like Manner’? Check out Section 4.4. in our useful guide

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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