A young woman has divided the internet with her dilemma involving rental property's and landlords.
When she was 18, the woman who is a very keen gardener, moved into the home in the United States.
The garden at the house was non-existent, so using her green fingers, she transformed the garden over the seven years she lived in the rental.
But - she did it in a very smart way.
Knowing that one day she would inevitably have to move out of the property, she made sure to plant the garden using transportable garden beds (rather than planting directly into the ground).
She even went as far as adding a transportable pizza oven, a greenhouse and a garden shed to her outdoor oasis.
The owners ultimately told her she needed to move out as they were selling the property. They had real estate agents come in and take photos of the house and backyard (which at the time still had the woman's plants etc in it).
Then when it came time to moving out and the young woman took everything from the backyard, including fully grown trees and well-established shrubs, the property owners were furious.
They claimed that she had "wrecked" their backyard and "stolen" from them.
Some of her co-workers think she is in the wrong since she let the owners take pictures of the backyard and didn’t tell the landlord she wasn’t going to leave it that way.
Apparently, buyers saw pictures of the outdoor oasis she had created and were disappointed when they came to look at the house and just found a backyard covered in dirt.
She says that it never crossed her mind that buyers would expect the backyard to look the same way when they bought the house.
She pointed out:
I saw the landlords taking pictures of my backyard before I left but didn’t make the connection because [in my honest opinion] when pictures of a house has furniture in it, you don’t expect to also get free furniture.
The Reddit community seems to disagree with her co-workers. They think that she is in the right. After all, the landlord didn’t pay for any of the garden supplies. One comment reads:
"You invested your time, money and energy into creating your space. I assume your landlord did not compensate you for your gardening activities. Therefore they have no claim to your garden."
Another comment reads, "The landlord is just salty because he tried to pull a fast one and it didn’t work."
Yet another Reddit user wrote, "I am also a gardener, and know many other gardeners. Taking your garden with you when you move is standard."
Are you team landlord or team tenant on this one?