hi am I being unreasonable with this my partner and I have been in a private rented house for 5 years I was at work the other night and a neighbour came to the door to tell us he had phoned our landlord about buying some of our garden for his nanna next door and my partner told him no problem we have 2 children who need a garden to play out in when the weather gets warmer he doesn’t see why I’m annoyed the problem is our garden is tiny anyway so I’m annoyed at the fact it will become smaller I also feel he should of asked me first about this can anyone see my point on this or am I being unreasonable on this he doesn’t care about the house how it looks or anything any advice thank you by the way he could easily tell the landlord of our house he doesn’t want it to happen because he works for him thank you
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A female reader, CindyCares + ♥, writes (7 March 2019):
While your landlord has the right to sell any part of his property at any time, if he needs to sell it ” free of tenancy” yes indeed , legally he needs your consent. In other words, if the neighbour wants to start using /occupying a part of the garden immediately, while tenants are still in , the tenants must first give their consent. Which is, generally, subordinated to a monetary compensation, most often in the form of a rent reduction. On one hand it is very difficult ( and risky ) in this kind of situation to deny your consent if you want to stay in good terms with the landlord, see your lease renewed, and avoid to be evicted on some technicality ( .. a disgruntled landlord has many ways to give you a hard time ).More so if the landlord is also your partner’s boss, as I think you are saying ?OTH, if you have rented a house with its annexes and appurtenances, like a garden of X size for Y amount of money, if the space to enjoy shrinks- so the money you pay should shrink as well. If you had rented a 3 bedroom , of which, after a while, for some reason you were only alloved occupy 2, you would not pay the same rent, right ? If your partner did not mention that – he is rather clueless, and personally I would be annoyed just for this ! No, I don’t think that you are wrong to be annoyed. Taking any decision , even a minor one, about the living space that you share with your partner ( and mother of your children ) without consulting her is boorish, selfish and insensitive and makes me doubt that this ” partnership ” is a true partnership, i.e. a partnership of equals.It would be so even in case he were the one who pays all the rent ; in case you are splitting it equally, there’s no justification for his behaviour.Is his name the only one on the lease ? because if the lease is in your name too, the landlord needs your consent too, and you are not obliged to give it , you can deny it. ( Although probably it would not be a smart move , since there is a work relationship too with the landlord. )
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A male reader, WiseOwlE + ♥, writes (7 March 2019):
When you run out of garden space, use pots and plant hangers. Use your imagination! Find other little areas around the property you can plant pretty shrubs or flowering plants.You can use stands and squeeze plants or flowers just about anywhere they get sufficient sunlight and decent soil.It isn’t your property to decide what’s done with it; so consulting you wouldn’t have made any difference. If you had said no, they already had the landlord’s approval and agreement to sell them a portion of the property.Be glad they didn’t make an offer for the house.
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A female reader, Honeypie + ♥, writes (7 March 2019):
It’s not your house, not your property so not really YOUR call.I can imagine it’s annoying to have a garden shrink, when you actually use what you had. The thing is, your landlord probably has every right to sell off parts of the property.JUST as YOU have every right is looking for a new house with a bigger garden.My guess is your partner is a non-confrontational guy? So instead of saying no (which I doubt he and you have ANY legal right to do) he went with the easy option. Doesn’t really help that your partner works (did I understand that part right?) for your landlord and THUS doesn’t want to put his JOB in jeopardy.Maybe it’s time to see what else is out there that you can either afford to buy or rent?
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