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California landlords and control over tenant plant choices

On Behalf of | May 22, 2023 | Landlord/Tenant Concerns |

As a tenant, personalizing the rental property to feel more like home is a common desire. One way to do this is through the addition of plants around the house. However, can a landlord in California have control over what plants a tenant chooses to have around their home?

This article will discuss the extent to which a California landlord can control a tenant’s choice of plants.

Lease agreements and plants

The terms of the lease agreement often determine the level of control a landlord has over a property. If the agreement contains specific clauses about landscaping or types of permissible plants, tenants must abide by these conditions.

Property maintenance concerns

Landlords have a vested interest in maintaining their property’s value. The landlord might restrict plants that could potentially cause damage to the property. For instance, landlords may not want plants with invasive roots, in case they become too unruly and require work and money to eliminate.

Invasive species regulations

California has strict regulations against certain invasive plant species that can disrupt local ecosystems. If a tenant chooses to plant such species, the landlord has the right to request their removal.

Water usage considerations

In a state where water conservation is crucial, landlords may limit the types of plants tenants can have, especially if they require high water consumption. This can include certain types of grass, flowers or trees.

While tenants have some freedom in choosing what plants to have around their homes, California landlords can impose certain limitations. It is always crucial for tenants to read and understand their lease agreement and to communicate openly with their landlords about their plans for landscaping.