Unlikely unless either the sewer is very close to the surface and allmost touching the stumps / large roots ........ or if the sewer is allready broken or in poor condition (and also within reach of the roots). Maybe the neighbour is concerned about their view/daylight and looking for a legitimate reason for it to be removed. Ignore unless there is actually a problem with the drains.no smilies
||Beech are very shallow rooted. That's all I can add to the conversation.no smilies|
Is it a boundary hedge? If so, I think you should maintain it as you would if the boundary was marked by a wall or fence. If it's a garden feature and the lease says the tenant is responsible for maintenance, then it's their responsibility. In the latter case I imagine it would be within the tenant's rights to have it removed altogether.
If they are generally good tenants weigh up the cost of hedge-cutting vs reletting.
(Opinions of course, I'm not qualified to give legal advice :) )
My landlord maintains the lawns in my garden, though my rent isn't any higher than standard for the area, but you could presumably increase the rent to cover garden maintenance costs if it's possible with the terms of the lease.no smilies
||I would say it is the tenants responsibility. We rent and our hedges are all our responsibility.no smilies|
||What does it say in the tenancy agreement?no smilies|
Is it furnished, or unfurnished?
If furnished, did you provide hedge trimmers? I think that if you expect her to trim the hedge, then you should.
However big it is, I can't see why she cannot trim this years growth off the sides. The top may of course be more of an issue.
Generally, I would say that trimming is maintenance, and the tenant's responsibility, but cutting back is remedial, and the landlord's: how badly overgrown was it when she moved in?no smilies
I haven't looked at my agreement, tbh. It's unfurnished. It's a boundary hedge. It wasn't overgrown when she moved in.
Opinions still welcome.no smilies
If they have been cutting / trimming it two or three times per year (as you would expect to do to keep it at the same heigh as it was when they moved in) & the growth has still go away from them then I think you should get it done.
If however they have not been doing it that often & it is clearly in the rental agreement that the maintenance of the garden is down to them then they should do it at their cost.
Would you get a gardener in to cut the grass if they had not done it for 3 years so their household mower could not cope?no smilies
If it is practical then go and see it for yourself and talk to them directly, there may be some compromise available.
If they move out and it is huge you will have to get it sorted anyway.
If they want something else, and it is ok as a hedge then either say no if you like it or let them pay for a alternative that you (and the neighbour on that side) like.
Beech hedges are not to every ones taste, they are bare in winter, dump leaves everywhere in Autumn and need trimming. Are the renters elderly? Disabled?
They might have a good reason for letting it get neglected, it is not always just about money....no smilies
It's a hundred miles away. The tenant isn't hard up, nor old or disabled. My feeling is she's done nothing with it for a year or so, now I get to deal with it.
I also trust the agent down there, and I'll speak to him, but he might tell me to pay for it, for a quiet life.no smilies
IMO, your tennant is taking the whotsit.
having lived in a multitude of rented places, I'd put hedge trimming and mowing and stuff like that alongside hoovering the floor and cleaning the sink. it's the stuff you do to keep the place reasonable and for your own enjoyment of a decent living space. i've cleared gardens where previous tennants had done nothing with tools borrowed off the neighbours because although it wasn't my 'mess' it was my home and I wanted it done.
and if you don't want to do that, then don't live somewhere with a garden.no smilies
||Beech hedges are not bare in Winter. That's one of the reasons they are good for stock, becasue their leaves stay on (albeit brown and dead) and so provide a wind break. They are good for over wintering moths too.no smilies|
||My feeling is she's done nothing with it for a year or so, now I get to deal with it.|
|I also trust the agent down there, and I'll speak to him, but he might tell me to pay for it, for a quiet life.|
|I don't remember it specifically, but it's not a big garden, so it wouldn't have been very unruly.|