Landlords/ladies and tenants - help please!

(21 Posts)
PocketSocks84 Fri 08-Nov-13 09:35:12

Hi everyone, I'm new here... smile

Not sure if this is in the right category but does anyone know anything / have an opinion on having a large garden party when you rent your house? I should point or from the start that we live in the countryside and have a very big garden! I've looked at the tenancy agreement and all I can find is a bit relating to acceptable noise levels, nothing about numbers of people etc.

We spoke initially to our landlady (it's run by a couple in their 60s/70s) and she said it was a lovely idea (he wasn't in). But he is generally more hard-ball than she is and I'm not sure they realise the size of the party.

We're going to write to them today to share the following details:

45 people for lunch
30 people joining later for food and music (so 75 total)
Catered barbecue
2 small marquees
A band 7-9pm - probably accoustic

If anyone could let me know if we're way out of line I'd be really grateful, or if you could suggest ways to "spin" the news! In general we are really good tenants - rent is of course always paid on time and we've done a lot of tidying up of the building and gardens.

Any advice appreciated. Thank you smile

PocketSocks84 Fri 08-Nov-13 09:36:43

point *out, not point or!

purpleroses Fri 08-Nov-13 09:38:00

I can't see a problem with it. I'm a landlord and wouldn't expect to be asked even if my tenants wanted a party - as long as the neighbours don't complain to the letting agency or the garden damaged in some way I'd have to pay for I can't see it would bother me.

Wish I had tenants like you who did lots of tidying up of the garden!

PattyPuddy Fri 08-Nov-13 09:44:42

I find it sad that when we are tenants we sometimes don't feel it is our home. It is YOUR home. It's nice of you to advise your landlord however what you do at your home is up to yourself as long as you are not breaking the law (and I say that as an ex landlady and as a current renter)

I hope the party is a success.

PocketSocks84 Fri 08-Nov-13 09:51:59

Thanks - that makes me feel a bit better smile
Something I should have mentioned: we may need to hire in a portaloo...!

specialsubject Fri 08-Nov-13 09:52:39

would it be a reasonable thing to do if you owned the house? Yes.
does it involve any damage to the house or garden? No.
will it upset the neighbours? Doesn't sound like it, noise stops early. Invite them.

their house but your home. Doesn't hurt to advise them but really can't see it being a problem.

CallMeNancy Fri 08-Nov-13 10:12:38

Of course you can have a party, it's your home.
Warn the neighbours, as it's only polite.
It is one of your LL's business (speaking as a LL), so unless they are your neighbours it doesn't concern them.

Also, of you warn the neighbours, they're less likely to complain to your LL (if they are the nosy complaining types)

I am baffled why you would ask them. You really don't need to. If you would have a similar party in a house you owned or your bank owned, then it's fine to have it in a rented house.

PocketSocks84 Fri 08-Nov-13 10:19:13

Wow I wasn't expecting this response! Thanks. Another thing I should have added is that the landlords live only a few doors down...

mousmous Fri 08-Nov-13 10:20:03

you don't need to ask them.
I would inform the neighbours and keep time/noise reasonable. that's it.
and of course clean up afterwards.

fortyplus Fri 08-Nov-13 11:09:34

I think you've been incredibly polite/considerate to inform them - there's really no need. Your landlady's reaction is exactly as I would expect bearing in mind that she will no doubt be aware that you are looking after the grounds so well. There's little likelihood of any damage to the property but of course you would be liable for the cost of any repair.

Vatta Fri 08-Nov-13 11:16:27

You don't need their permission for this, just go ahead!

CallMeNancy Fri 08-Nov-13 11:58:20

If th live near, then inform them same as the neighbours.
Print a note to all,

Dear neighbours,

Just a quick note to let you know we are having on date a garden party to celebrate our very special event
There will be live music until time
And there may be more cars parked in the street than usual.

We are sorry for any inconvenience it may cause, but it will be a one off for very special event and we will ensure that are guests park considerately, & that the live music will finsh at time and noise thereafter is kept to a minimum.

Many thanks

Pocket sock

Or something like that. We've had similar from our neighbours recently do you live near me? They too are having marquees & a band and it's fine. I'm sending a card for their birthday, & planning to be out.

PocketSocks84 Fri 08-Nov-13 12:09:20

That's a great template, thank you! And no we haven't sent a note yet ;)

PattyPuddy Fri 08-Nov-13 13:53:09

Pocketsock - I agree with Nancy. It's only manners to let all the neighbours know you are having a party. There shouldn't be any special info going to the landlord.

The neighbours will love you when you send a note like that (they do, I kid you not)

fishybits Fri 08-Nov-13 14:02:43

We had our wedding in the garden or our rented home. It didn't occur to me to "ask permission" confused

We invited all our immediate neighbours, told others the start and end times and arranged a bus to pick everyone up so we didn't annoy the neighbours with bad parking.

As a landlord I wouldn't expect to be asked permission. It is your home.

HollyBollyBooBoo Fri 08-Nov-13 18:43:51

I had my wedding party in the garden, didn't ask the LL, never even thought to. As everyone else said, pop round to the neighbours the day before and tell them what you're doing and just be polite and finish music at a sensible time!

Sunnyshores Sat 09-Nov-13 15:51:11

I'm quite a tough, but fair, landlord ... but I agree, you dont need to ask for permission it is your home. Obviously you'd need to tell neighbours, keep disruptions to a minimum and clear up after. Enjoy!!

Herhonesty Sat 09-Nov-13 21:51:47

landlord too and wouldn't bat an eyelid. have a nice party.

PocketSocks84 Mon 11-Nov-13 08:22:35

Thanks all! That's pretty unequivocal.

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