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Front Gardens/Yards in the ACT … Appearance

By TwainAndHume - 12 February 2013 86

Anyone know the rules/regulations/requirements that apply to the maintenance of front gardens/yards of private properties in the suburbs of Canberra?  Or where to find such?  In our area I have begun to notice an increase in the number of private houses that seem to be using the front areas of the property for either the storage of derelict cars (I have counted up to nine such vehicles in the driveway and yard of one otherwise normal sized, detached porperty — only about three of which appear driveable), the long-term placing of mid-sized shipping containers, even in one case a derelict caravan that seems to have been in place long enough to have a small tree grow up through its body.  All these, however, are topped by the full-size, mobile crane that I have seen parked for ten years (with apparently never having been moved) in the front yard of a house in the suburb of Chifley.

The ACT government will jump pretty quickly when such situations are brought to their attention and which affect street verges.  However, I have been able to elicit little response from them when it comes to such situations as those described above.

The condition in which a neighbour keeps his or her property affects the property values of others living around the area.  It also impacts upon the general atmosphere of a street.  A tone begins to be set which can all too quickly bring all down and, again, has a considerable impact on property values.

What’s Your opinion?


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Front Gardens/Yards in the ACT … Appearance
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aceofspades 11:55 am
12 Feb 13
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The “rules/regulations/requirements” are that you should mind your own business and allow people to do whatever they like with their own land unless a fire danger exists due to being overgrown.

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Antagonist 12:04 pm
12 Feb 13
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Sounds like the caravan is on private property (ie. behind the water meter). You don’t have s*** mate. Mind your own business.

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Pork Hunt 12:08 pm
12 Feb 13
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aceofspades said :

The “rules/regulations/requirements” are that you should mind your own business and allow people to do whatever they like with their own land unless a fire danger exists due to being overgrown.

So if I move next door to you and masturbate bonobo style all day, you’re cool with that?

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damien haas 12:11 pm
12 Feb 13
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This must be my neighbour. i only mow my lawn when he has complained at least three times. As the value of our properties seems to have tripled since we bought them, i’m unconcerned.

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aceofspades 12:19 pm
12 Feb 13
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Pork Hunt said :

aceofspades said :

The “rules/regulations/requirements” are that you should mind your own business and allow people to do whatever they like with their own land unless a fire danger exists due to being overgrown.

So if I move next door to you and masturbate bonobo style all day, you’re cool with that?

Well although I am not an expert on all the different styles of masturbating as you seem to be, “bonobo” style is probably acceptable so long as you do not break any laws governing indecent exposure. I know of no laws that restricts a collector of old cars using his front yard as storage of his collection. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Ex Warrior 12:54 pm
12 Feb 13
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Great attitudes above. Lack of self respect maybe????

Can we post pictures of Canberra’s worst yard? Perhaps the winner could get a free visit by Tinys

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MrMagoo 12:58 pm
12 Feb 13
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I think you’ll find those that care less are those that don’t own the property. I’ve found mostly people who own (mortgage) the house they live in give a s***, while renters (not all but some) don’t give a stuff what the yard looks like.

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itsallme 12:58 pm
12 Feb 13
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It is very likely there is a condition in the crown lease (lease of the land from the Territory) that the owner of the property must repair and maintain the premises to the satisfaction of the Territory.

If you feel that the owner of the property is not complying with this, you can complain to the land regulation unit of ACTPLA (now called ESDD).

Keep in mind however, just because you can complain, doesn’t necessarily mean you should…

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aceofspades 1:05 pm
12 Feb 13
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Ex Warrior said :

Great attitudes above. Lack of self respect maybe????

Can we post pictures of Canberra’s worst yard? Perhaps the winner could get a free visit by Tinys

I agree!!! Who on earth would want to masturbate the same style all day. Can Tiny help them with that?

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mezza76 1:07 pm
12 Feb 13
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Try S11 of the Waste Minimisation Regulation 2001.

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Rob1936 1:16 pm
12 Feb 13
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Good on you TwainAndHume and ignore the previous comments.

Being reasonably house proud is usually a sign of private ownership so it’s surprising that so many in your area go against this human instinct. In our area (Ainslie) most privately owned properties are well and often lovingly maintained – and when public housing properties are sold there’s usually a marked improvement in their appearance. Still, there are a few privately owned properties that go against the trend and where owners (or tenants?) raise a metaphorical middle finger to their neighbourhoods by maintaining highly visible wreckers’ yards rather than gardens.

There are certainly in theory strict rules about the maintenance of public housing. According to Housing ACT’s website, tenants are obliged to ‘maintain front and rear yards to an acceptable community standard’ (which rules out e.g. leaving car wrecks in the front yard) and caravans are similarly banned in front yards. Of course, the enforcement of these rules can be another question…

I’d be interested if you find out whether there are also rules relating to private properties.

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Rob1936 1:20 pm
12 Feb 13
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PS to previous comment – having seen the other three most recent comments, my first line should read ‘ignore some of the previous comments’.

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JazzyJess 1:44 pm
12 Feb 13
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My neighbours kept a campervan parked on the verge in front of their house for months. Someone (not me or mine) spray painted a large genitalia on it one night. It was gone by midday the next day.

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Holden Caulfield 2:45 pm
12 Feb 13
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All the best with your house sale TwainAndHume.

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Solidarity 2:52 pm
12 Feb 13
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Where are you supposed to keep cars that you’re using for parts if you don’t have access to your back yard?

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