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wantboost

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Is it best to just give lawn care to upper unit and then they get use of the backyard ?
How would snow work if lower unit parks their car in driveway also ??

I'm trying to avoid arguments.
LLinVA

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I suppose it does make sense to make each unit responsible for a particular area that is for their use (front vs back or right vs left). I certainly wouldn't want to be responsible for all lawn care while the other person gets to enjoy half the yard. I think it would be best to have one unit responsible for this area and the other unit responsible for the other area. 

They should be able to work out the driveway. Whoever leaves first digs enough for them to get out, other person does what they need to get out. You shouldn't have to micromanage to that level (although I'm sure someone will be childish enough to make it an issue).
wantboost

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I was thinking of giving the entire backyard to the upper unit and have them responsible for all the grass. But the driveway is shared. So should I put a clause that lower is responsible for the own section of driveway .?
LLinVA

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It's up to you. If I were a tenant, I would think I should be able to use half the yard space (front, back, side, whatever) and that I would be responsible for that area. Many duplexes put in landscaping or fencing to clearly divide the space so there is no question about who does what. If the lower tenant is expected to have use of the outside space, the upper tenant shouldn't be maintaining it all.
wantboost

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If i split lawn care wont they argue over who's turn it is . ?
OHlandlord

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Why not offer one unit $50 off (or whatever) a month to take care of the yard and drive?  They both get the use of it, but one gets to pay lower rent than the other.
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