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Need to upkeep garden after submitting notice to vacate?

By guyrat - 13 November 2014 8

Hey everyone, I have a question since I am a first-time tenant.

I broke lease (6 months early) and submitted a notice to vacate my apartment in Gungahlin recently. I have vacated the place now. The agent is now looking for new tenants. The agent wants me to clean the garden for a showing. Is that my responsibility since I have already vacated the place?

Would be great to get some advice about this. Cheers!

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Need to upkeep garden after submitting notice to vacate?
Realm 10:43 am 14 Nov 14

Without actually going and reading the law, not only are you likely liable to go and clean the garden, you’re probably still liable to pay rent as well – regardless of your notice to vacate. It would all depend on why you broke the lease

Antagonist 9:24 am 14 Nov 14

Are you still paying rent? Yes – start cleaning. No – tell them to go jump.
Have they done the final inspection? No – start cleaning. Yes – tell them to go jump.
Do you have your bond back? No – start cleaning. Yes – tell them to go jump.

Real estate agents are no better than used car salesmen. Scumbags that cannot be trusted.

HenryBG 9:11 am 14 Nov 14

On the one hand you should avoid being exploited.

On the other hand, the easiest thing may be to go and do 90 minutes of work and make everybody happy. This is good for relationships, especially if you’ve broken a contract and put other people to a certain amount of trouble, not to mention costs.

Maya123 10:36 pm 13 Nov 14

“It used to be the accepted practice that the outgoing tenant was responsible for the property (including paying rent) until new tenants were found”
What bronal said. That is my understanding, so if that’s so it might well be your responsibility to tidy the garden. But you need to read the rental agreement to see what you signed, and therefore agreed to. Get advice if need be. Don’t blacken your chances of future references.

bronal 7:34 pm 13 Nov 14

What does your rental agreement say about breaking the lease before expiry? Has the agent accepted that the lease has been terminated and has notified you of that in writing? Are you still paying rent?

Remember that a rental contract is a contract between two parties – you and the owner, as represented by his/her agent.

It used to be the accepted practice that the outgoing tenant was responsible for the property (including paying rent) until new tenants were found, up to a certain maximum time (three months from memory).

Don’t forget also that agents will always ask for references when you take out a new lease and you don’t want to get a black mark that may come back to bite you in the future.

Early cessation of a rental agreement is a fairly common event and is bound to be covered in your rental agreement. If it isn’t, or you don’t understand what the agreement says, seek advice.

scorpio63 7:32 pm 13 Nov 14

No, it is not your responsibility given that the contract is now broken.

Disregard these requests.

Kindest wishes

Evilomlap 5:59 pm 13 Nov 14

You’d be better off Googling ACT rental tenancy agreements/laws etc rather than trust advice you’d get on here. The ACT is a lot stricter than most other states when it comes to this stuff, I’ve been caught out a few times, especially when breaking leases…when you do that, real estate agents will start to see you as the ENEMY.

grump 1:22 pm 13 Nov 14

“tell him he’s dreaming!”

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