What to do when this happens

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yclawncare, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. yclawncare

    yclawncare LawnSite Member
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    I have a landlord that I mow for. It seems that every time I come there are cars parked on the lawn and junk all over the place. I cant mow due to the car mainly. My question is do I still bill the landlord the same amount each month even though I can not do 1 of his yards? Or do I deduct each time I can not do it? The landlord is aware of the problem also. My theory is that I am going to keep charging him the full amount. Any input would be appreciated!
     
  2. cmo

    cmo LawnSite Member
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    Full amount he knows that the car is in the way.
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  3. yclawncare

    yclawncare LawnSite Member
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    That is what I figured. This house is in the heart of the ghetto, one of those places where you dont want to be when it gets dark.
     
  4. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    Oh, one of those yards.

    Well...
    It really doesn't matter if the people are white or black, right?
    It really doesn't matter if they're gay or straight, right?
    Right, so it really doesn't matter if it's ghetto, car or not.

    What matters is you have to know your costs, then you charge based on what it should cost.

    Charge the man a fair price, if it costs the same, charge the man the same.
    Careful around the car, blow off the dust after.
     
  5. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mowing around a car in the lawn is an insurance liability, the landlord informs his tenants that they are not allowed to park the car on the grass, that's his job. you charge him everytime you go out there. Ask the tenants to move the car if they're home.
     
  6. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I had a bunch of lots I did For a landlord and I had the same problem. Glass bottles and trash al over the yard, people parked in the way, no room to park my truck and trailer and constantly having to keep an eye on all my stuff. I ended up dropping the customer because it was more of a hassle than it was worth for me.
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  7. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Charge same. Most likely u take more time mowing around it then when there is no car there
     
  8. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
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    I'd give him an estimate on widening the driveway, but I'm not mowing a yard with a car in the middle of it every time.
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  9. yclawncare

    yclawncare LawnSite Member
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    UPDATE! The landlord talked to the tenants and it should be all good. He even understood why I didnt deduct for the times I could not do it. He did ask why I didnt but I told him it cost me in gas and time to get over there.
     
  10. Myk

    Myk LawnSite Member
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    We've been there before too with rental properties. Landlord knows our policy. We charge full amount for service no matter what is in the yard. In our area cars parked in the yard is illegal. Workers have a green light to blow grass on any vehicle parked in the yard when parking spots on pavement are clearly available.
     

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