I don´t know whether it´s possible to put something in a lease to protect against
tenants who won´t use a sprinkler system (or a hose very often at all). I´ve had a lot
of financial damage, time consumed and stress over a large landscaped property
I rented for only a few months during the dry season.
The gardener had the right to water weekly, which he did. However, it seems
there was nothing to force the tenants to turn on the sprinkler. I had a property
manager write up the contract and manage the property. I was shocked to see
the damage to the greenery after the tenants left. She said she asked the tenants
to water, but apparently there is no way to force them. A rent deposit only goes
Maybe I´m not hearing the whole story. Maybe the pump failed and the property
manager didn´t get it repaired.
If you´re considering renting your beloved lush property over the dry season,
please try to find a way to protect yourself. Of course having a timer on
the irrigation system might help. I never would´ve predicted this would
happen, especially with a property manager.