Page 11 Pruning You are responsible for keeping plants and trees in the same condition as when you moved in, including minor pruning. You may not remove or cut down any plants or trees, however if you have adequate reason to believe plants or trees should be removed, ask your Property Manager who will discuss the matter with the owner. Parking Parking on lawn is not permitted and is a breach of your lease conditions. Any damage to the lawn and/or reticulation will be rectified at the tenant/s’ cost. We recommend that a drip tray is used to protect the carport floor from oil damage. Professional stain removal and high pressure cleaning, if required, will be at the tenant/s’ cost. Cleaning In general, you need to keep the property clean and minimise the risk of pests or vermin becoming a problem. This applies to all areas of the property including walls, ceilings, doors, windows and light fittings. Carpets Carpets are easy to maintain if you follow a few simple steps. Regular vacuuming will slow down wear and tear and prevent everyday dirt from causing damage - vacuum at least once a week or more frequently for heavier traffic areas. We suggest using protective mats and floor covering protectors under home office chairs and any heavy furniture. Carpets must be professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy, however if your tenancy is for a period longer than 12 months, you may wish to have the carpets cleaned every 12-18 months to maintain them in good condition. Treat spills as soon as they occur to avoid staining. Follow these steps: 1. Remove as much of the spilled matter as you can. 2. Blot liquids with a clean white towel or paper towel. 3. Apply carpet cleaner as directed on the label. Apply to a towel first then blot on to the carpet. Work from the outside of the spill in towards the centre. 4. Rinse with a small amount of water (do not use hot water). 5. Blot dry. Timber floors We recommend polished wood floor boards be protected at all times to avoid damage (eg. protected from furniture abrasion, scratching, scuffing or other damage). A steammop cannot be used on the floor nor a wet mop. The tenant may be responsible for repair costs if any damage occurs outside of normal wear and tear. Vinyl floor Lino/vinyl floor covering may rip or tear if adequate care is not taken. We recommend lino/vinyl flooring be protected at all times to avoid damage (eg. protected from furniture abrasion, scratching, scuffing or other damage). The tenant may be responsible for repair costs if any damage occurs outside of normal wear and tear. Electrical equipment Any equipment that is not working when you move in should be reported to your PropertyManager immediately. If you experience problems with any equipment during your tenancy, there are a few things to check before reporting it to us for maintenance. Please refer to our maintenance and repairs section. Ovens and stoves must be kept clean and used in accordance with the product manual (if provided). If a washing machine/dryer is provided with your tenancy, clean the filters in each machine regularly and ensure that dryers are adequately ventilated. Split system air conditioner filters Cleaning of air conditioner filters is tenant responsibility (unless the unit is located high on the wall and it would be unsafe for you to access it). To ensure optimal functionality we recommend filters are cleaned monthly. Please contact your PropertyManager with any questions. Bathrooms Bathrooms need to be kept well-ventilated. Regularly open the window for a period of time if possible, and always turn on the fan when showering. Fan covers need to be cleaned when they get dusty. If the cover has become sticky, wash with dishwashing liquid and hot water. Wipe down surfaces regularly to avoid mould growth. If mould does develop, use a product such as Exit Mould. Avoid contact with skin and if spraying on the ceiling or other high areas, protect your eyes by wearing glasses. Outdoors Keep courtyards, gardens and pathways free fromweeds and rubbish. Sweep verandahs and courtyards often to avoid dirt being brought in to the house. Remove cobwebs from under eaves and around light fittings. If you have a pet, avoid them scratching the back door or flyscreens.