Give your garden a spring clean

Community

03.04.17

Spring into action this season and make sure your garden is tidy and clear of rubbish.

Garden tidy

As the weather warms up and the nights get lighter, we’re encouraging tenants to give their gardens and yards a spring clean.

Tenants are responsible for their own garden areas or yards during their tenancy. Grassed areas should be regularly cut, weeds cleared and any litter or rubbish – particularly bulky items – should be removed.

Safer Neighbourhoods Team leader, Laurie Edmundson, said: “We want tenants to really feel that their house is their home and part of that involves taking responsibility for maintaining their gardens to an acceptable standard.

“Although it’s sometimes difficult to keep on top of garden maintenance, once the site is at a decent standard it is easier to maintain.

“Throughout the spring and summer in particular, all our officers will be taking an extra interest in our garden areas when they are out and about on their daily visits.

“Garden areas cannot be allowed to become eyesores and, although we appreciate that it may cost to have bulky items - like old fridges and sofas - removed, these can’t be left dumped in gardens.

“Tenants must ensure their garden areas are safe and kept tidy and clear of rubbish.”

If an individual garden area isn’t maintained the tenant will receive a letter asking them to take action. Failure to do so could be viewed as a breach of their tenancy agreement.

Laurie added: “In some instances we may work with the relevant local authority to issue a Community Protection Notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

“This would force a tenant to clear up their garden or yard area – or risk being fined.”

If Isos Housing is forced to step in on health and safety grounds to clear a site, the tenant will be charged for the work.

For further advice or information, please contact either Isos on 0300 300 1505, or Cestria Community Housing on 0191 385 1900.

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