I am the owner of a house and live in it with another housemate. Recently, I ran into a dispute with him about the maintenance of the garden. He takes part in cleaning the house and doing his share of the household chores but he told me that it is my responsibility to do the gardening - which in this case we are talking about mowing the lawn and to collect and dump the fallen leaves that have accumulated around the house. He told me that he would only need to help with the gardening if he was renting out the whole house but because I live in it with him it becomes my responsibility. His argument was that the tenant who rents out the whole house represents the landlord and that is the reason why they need to do it. Because I live in the same house, I needed to do this because maintaining the garden would upkeep the image of the house and yield benefits to my investment whereas he doesn't benefit anything from doing it. He also pointed me to a legal advice web site that he feels it supported his opinion about not needing to maintain the outdoor area because he does not fully rent out the whole house. I thought through what this housemate said and looked at the web site he showed me and I disagree with his views for the following reasons: The site is not an Aussie site but a US site and even in that site it clearly states that it very firstly depends on what is written in the lease and if the lease is silent on the subject THEN it becomes a matter of determining what exactly has been rented. Whereas I was using the standard tenancy lease that explicitly indicates that he needs to take care of the garden. Furthermore, when it comes to determining what has been rented, the site was talking about multi-family units which are self-contained dwellings in a grouped dwelling setting where there is some clear boundaries - a tenant can't exactly access their neighbour's unit anytime they want to so it makes perfect sense that they are only responsible for the areas under their control and the landlord takes care of the communal areas in the grouped setting. Lastly, the site states that if the whole house is rented, then the tenant is responsible for much of the routine outdoor maintenance. I feel this only further supports my case because this housemate IS renting out the whole house, not just his room, but he does so in a shared capacity - that is the reason why he has access to all areas of the house and that is why people call it 'shared accommodation'. His statement about not renting out the whole house is flawed. I'm not asking this housemate to plant a tree or something to improve the image of the house, I am just asking him to do his share of the mowing and gathering of the leaves which is a general and routine maintenance. And he does benefit from this, although he doesn't use the front yard, he uses the rotary clothesline in the backyard where the grass needs to be mowed and the leaves fall on the driveway/footpath that he makes use of to get in/out of the house. I don't agree with his statement that the tenant who rents out the whole house represents the landlord. The tenant represents themselves, they are just paying a fraction of the full cost of a house to make use of somebody else's property to live in. This doesn't benefit my investment (you could even apply his logic to the house cleaning if that was the case), it is about the need to show respect for other people's property. In general, if you were to hire out or even let someone borrow your property/possession, there is a general expectation that the person you hired/lent it to takes care of it in a manner so that it is fit for purpose of its intended use (in this case living in it), and return it largely in the same state that it was given to them so that the owner or next person can make use of it. In addition to the legal side of the issue, I was just wondering if I could get other people's thoughts on what he said and what I said?