Can My Landlord Evict Me for Not Mowing the Lawn?


Laws in some communities require property owners to maintain lawns and other landscaping. If a property is rented to a tenant, conflicts can arise when tenant and landlord disagree on who is responsible for mowing the lawn.

Rental Agreements

  • Check your lease or rental agreement to determine who is responsible for maintaining the lawn or the outside of your property. If your rental agreement states that you, the tenant, are responsible for lawn care, your landlord may take action against you for not mowing the lawn. For example, your landlord may hire someone to mow the lawn, and then send you the bill. Your landlord may also consider evicting you from the property.


  • In many states, failing to obey reasonable rules set by your landlord or ignoring terms of the lease can be grounds for eviction. In most cases, your landlord must first serve you with written notice that he or she intends to file for eviction unless you correct the violation.


  • When renting a property, make sure your rental agreement specifies who is responsible for lawn care. The rental agreement should also clarify who is responsible for providing and maintaining lawn care equipment, such as lawnmowers and rakes. If for some reason you are unable to care for your lawn in accordance with your lease or rental agreement, contact your landlord immediately to negotiate a solution.

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