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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? California

Can a Landlord use the security deposit to replace landscaping that was not kept up or died because of lack of care by the tenant?


Senior Member
a little broad

treese said:
The landlord can deduct any damages to the property caused by the tenant.
As this is true. The rental/lease agreement must be looked at.

Say the tenant is paying for water, the agreement does say to water the lawn, but not how many times a week. Tenant does it once a week. Lawn dies. Tenant fulfilled obligation. Agreement did not say not to keep lawn alive.

The rental agreement must stipulate such as the lawn and grounds should be kept in the such and such condition...(same as the for the actual building).
and if the tenant is so smart should make stipulations for acts of nature.(or acts of government... for drought control )

My friend rented her house out and had 150 palms grown from seed in her back yard... due to negligence of first renter in watering 25 of them died. Through negligence of her rental agreement they were not held liable for them dying.

Her second renter got a longer and more detailed rental agreement to sign and a yet a blight took about 15 more palms ... renters not held liable because of act of nature...

but her next rental agreement has all clauses known to man and renter.

So if you be LL or tenant... what did the agreement say about maintaining the grounds.

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