My first house is built and settled a year a ago, the turf was freshly laid by the builder after the drought (April 2020) and I also planted an avocado tree and watered them everyday for three weeks before renting it out. They all looked very healthy and leafy before handing to my tenant. I also left a set of new hose in the house.
I terminated the lease once the one year contract finished because they kept paying rent late. I went to inspect the house three days after they moved out. My backyard lawn has (5-7sqm) patches (few muddy area with few dangerous spiky weeds around the house) and my avocado tree is dead (with skin was peeled off around the trunk).
What is the reasonable compensation I can claim from them? I don’t even know what kind of grass it is and where to get it, how much it will cost me and how to fix it. it is definitely not buffalo grass.
My agent suggested me to leave it. Most likely my next tenant will not look after it anyway. He also told me nothing I can do with them, no one can guarantee to keep the tree and lawn alive. It will cost me lots more money and time to take it to tribunal if the tenant refuses to pay for it, and I might still get nothing.
What should I do? Welcome any comment regarding fixing my lawn and getting compensation from the tenant.
Thank you everyone’s time and input.