What we say about the garden?

The garden or outside space, including any driveway, boundary fencing, garage or outbuilding(s) to be included in the tenancy, will also be listed and the condition noted from the opinion of a layperson.

We don’t record the condition of plants, shrubs, or trees other than to say they exist, but we do record what is expected during ‘seasonal’ changes.


  • If a lawn is overgrown we record it as such.
  • If a border has excessive weeds for the season we record it as such.
  • If a water feature is full of green algae type material we record it as such.
  • If a fence or part of a fence panel is damaged we record it as such.

The thing to remember is any outdoor space should be returned to the Landlord at check-out in the same condition as it was at the beginning of the tenancy – subject to seasonal variation.

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People and property are my passion, and I love it when they work together in harmony, especially when it involves a binding legal agreement that provides an accurate written record of the condition, contents, and cleanliness of a property at the beginning, during and end of a tenancy. My role is to share insights, knowledge, skills, and know-how with people invested in property. Read more about the evolution of IAM Inventories.