Berkeley, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: I am renting a house (a country cottage) and I've been told I cannot remove the overgrown weeds from the front

I made the mistake of asking before doing it, and was told 'tenant shall perform no landscaping. I will probably do it anyway because it's ridiculous and I don't think I should have to live in overgrowth. Do they have any recourse if they see i have in fact done some well needed weeding to not live in a jungle?

Related Topics:
2 Lawyer Answers
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Maybe you can call the zoning inspector and get his opinion. Tall grass could be a refuge for vermin, snakes and rodents. Maybe , just mow the grass without doing any landscaping. Good luck

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Take before and after photos of the entire area. If they make a stink, suggest you use the health/safety points raised by Mr. Juarez. Suggest also you advise LL that you intend to repair and deduct the cost of trimming the yard. LL is under an obligation to provide a "habitable premises" which means free from an infestation of vermin, bugs, rats, etc, which the overgrown yard would harbor.

Justia disclaimers below, incorporated herein.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.