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Old 09-29-2015, 06:27 PM
 
Location: The Mid-Cities
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I am renting a house and the past 2 months my landlord is constantly calling us and texting us to water their lawn. I wouldn't mind doing it but the problem is that it's coming out of my pocket and I really can't afford to raise my water bill even higher. The lawn, trees, and shrubs aren't dying or anything and there isn't a difference from ours and our neighbors. They have already came 3 times with a hose and watered it for hours but I don't know what to tell them. Is that allowed?

The landlord wants us to water the lawn and in particular the walls and around the driveway due to fear the foundation could get damaged (which it already was before we even got the house). I feel like the landlord is in contact with the neighbors to see if we actually do it because she is always bugging us. There is no mention of it on our lease and we never even talked about it when we initially rent it.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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It's not in the lease. I would do it if the yard looks distressed. That's about it. See if they will take a reduction in rent to water consistently.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Austin
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If there were Realtors involved in the lease, you should have used the Texas form from the Texas Association of Realtors and it does say in there if the landlord will do lawn maintenance or if the tenant is responsible. The leases I write even have something that states the tenant must follow the city water rules for restrictions and no watering after 10am to before 8pm during the summer days to prevent water evaporation.

When you move out, if there is foundation cracking because you did not water, that is not normal wear and tear and the landlord can go after you for damages if the damages are more than the deposit. If foundation work is needed, it's going to be more than your deposit.

With that, do you want to spend an extra $10 a month on your water bill, or do you want a $5-10k foundation invoice to pay?
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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^ What he said.

Water is fairly cheap, and with temps coming down, you should have no problem watering the lawn and keeping the foundation moist.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:29 PM
 
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Even if it isn't in your lease, it's implied. If you kill landscape or ruin foundation then you'll be liable. People who don't want to deal with it, are better off in apartments or must get written waivers.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:04 AM
 
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If I was your landlord I would not renew the lease. If you can't afford your water bill then your financial situation is not good enough to rent this house.

You live in this house so YOU are responsible for basic things like watering the lawn.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:24 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Originally Posted by FalconheadWest View Post
If there were Realtors involved in the lease, you should have used the Texas form from the Texas Association of Realtors and it does say in there if the landlord will do lawn maintenance or if the tenant is responsible. The leases I write even have something that states the tenant must follow the city water rules for restrictions and no watering after 10am to before 8pm during the summer days to prevent water evaporation.

When you move out, if there is foundation cracking because you did not water, that is not normal wear and tear and the landlord can go after you for damages if the damages are more than the deposit. If foundation work is needed, it's going to be more than your deposit.

With that, do you want to spend an extra $10 a month on your water bill, or do you want a $5-10k foundation invoice to pay?
^^^^ This.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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If you are worried about what amounts to an extra $10-20 in water bill per month, then you probably should have rented a cheaper place. That should not kill your monthly budget if you rented within your means.

And as others have said, it can severely impact the foundation which means you would likely get $0 of deposit and be liable for additional damages. Damages to foundations run into the thousands of dollars...
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Plano 75024
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Your landlord did not put it in the lease which is a big oops. But common courtesy says water the lawn. Damaging the foundation is huge and I would not be surprised if the owner is on their way to figuring out how to evict you as I am sure your deposit was nowhere near how much it would cost to do foundation repair.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:59 AM
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Location: Katy,TX.
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WTF Why rent a house is you can't keep up the lawn?
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