Love it or loathe it, Bonfire night is almost upon us! Before you wrap up and head into the garden to set off a firework display of your own, if you are a tenant, you’ll need to check a couple of things first.
Be mindful of your tenancy agreement
Many tenancy agreements prohibit any kind of fires in the garden. If you are in any way unsure, contact your landlord or letting agent for clarification.
Be Considerate of your neighbours
Also included in your tenancy agreement will be that you must not cause any kind of nuisance to your neighbours. It’s always a good idea to have a chat with your neighbours and let them know what your plans are if you’re having a party. That way they can be prepared for a little noise or smoke in the case of a bonfire party, and can choose to go out or at least get the washing in!
If your neighbours seem a little unsure about your plans, reassure them that disruption will be kept to a minimum, and perhaps agree a time that music will stop, or better still, invite them along!
After checking that you are not in breach of your tenancy agreement by holding a bonfire party, it’s a very good idea just to take a quick look at safety. Check your garden for any overhanging trees and any other fire risks, and make sure that it’s safe to continue with your fireworks. There are lots of advice online about this if you’re unsure.
If you find that either your tenancy does not permit a bonfire, your neighbours are not happy about your plans, or you decide it’s just not safe, you needn’t miss out on Bonfire night celebrations. Gather some friends and family, and head out to the local firework display instead! For details of various bonfire night celebrations around the country click here
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