Renting out a property which has a fishpond in the garden...

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    Renting out a property which has a fishpond in the garden...

    Hi All,

    Has anyone rented out a property which has a fishpond in the back garden? One letting agent has informed me that I would have to fill it in (don't really want to do that) and another has informed me that
    I have no legal liability to do so...Does anyone else out there have experience of such a situation? Thanks.

    #2
    Obviously a pond is a danger for children. I don't see why you should have to fill it in but you need to do something for your own peace of mind. Let it as 'unsuitable for those with dependents', put a secure fence around it, or fill it in. From my experience of letting I wouldn't trust a tenant to look after the pond in the way I would like it to be looked after, so I'd fill it in if it was small or include an amount to cover a pond care service.

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      #3
      It's pointless to ask a [legally unqualified] letting agent for their legal opinion.

      I suggest you talk to your insurer.

      If there are fish in the fishpond, and you don't want them to die, I'd remove them before letting the property.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
        Obviously a pond is a danger for children. I don't see why you should have to fill it in but you need to do something for your own peace of mind. Let it as 'unsuitable for those with dependents', put a secure fence around it, or fill it in. From my experience of letting I wouldn't trust a tenant to look after the pond in the way I would like it to be looked after, so I'd fill it in if it was small or include an amount to cover a pond care service.
        The fishpond was already here when I bought the house (it's my own residence). No fish in the pond - it's more ornamental although there is a depth to the water which makes me uneasy.

        I have stated to letting agents that I don't want families with young children as tenants. As it stands, a professional couple with no children are interested so, hopefully, there'll be no need to fill it in. It's just with all the H&S regulations, I just don't want to be liable for other people's children. I'll check with my insurer as suggested by westminster and follow their instructions.

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