If I’m currently renting a home but we are in a draught, what is my responsibility regarding lawn care?

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If I’m currently renting a home but we are in a draught, what is my responsibility regarding lawn care?

Obviously we are encountering a huge drought and have had huge restrictions as far as watering goes placed on us. The lease says that it is our responsibility to maintain the lawn and it says specificlly to water sufficiently. My interpretation of sufficent in such a rough time is minimal if any at all. Also, I pay the water bill and if I over water I get fined. Legally could I be held liable for replacing the lawn when I move out?

Asked on August 28, 2015 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

M.H., Member, California Bar / M.H., Member, California Bar

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Given the unprecedented drought in California, I would simply submit a written letter to your landlord requesting permission to let the lawn go brown not necessarily dead.   I would also look into water saving tips and practices.  
There was a recent ruling in California that HOA's cannot force owners to keep the lawns green.  Case law maybe on your side.  But, the prudence dictates that you request permission from your landlord to let the lawn go brown.  Besides, brown is the new green.  


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