It might be an understatement to say that 2020 hasn’t been the best year! And now with summer in full swing and the pubs still currently shut, many tenants will be left with no choice but to make the most of their gardens. And with outdoor gatherings up to six now allowed; this means only one thing of course… BBQ’s! And let’s face it – they’ll probably be boozy. Now if the idea of your tenants sizzling sausages half-cut in your garden fills you with trepidation; you’re not alone. But don’t be pouring buckets of cold water over their summer just yet! Read our top tips first.

Email/write to your tenants with the following BBQ safety guidance:

  • Please be considerate to others in relation to both smoke and noise
  • Make sure your BBQ is on a flat and sturdy surface, a decent distance from the property and away from any plants or flammable objects
  • Avoid placing your BBQ directly on the lawn as this can result in grass fires
  • If you are using a disposable BBQ, please make sure that it is on a raised, non-flammable surface
  • Make sure your BBQ is safe and in working order – you are in charge of maintenance (if it’s your own)
  • Keep children and pets well away from cooking area
  • Make sure that the BBQ has cooled down before moving
  • Never leave a BBQ unattended
  • Always keep a bucket of water near by in case of any emergencies
  • Please make sure the BBQ has extinguished properly overnight – this is your responsibility!
  • Please never use petrol – recognised firelighters or starter fuel only!


Keep tenants up to date with the social distancing guidelines, which are currently as follows:

  • Do not pass each other food or drink unless you live together
  • Don’t use plates or utensils that someone from another house has touched
  • Ask guests to bring their own plates/utensils or ensure you have thoroughly cleaned yours before using
  • Only allow guests inside if absolutely necessary (e.g toilet visits or passing through house to get to garden)
  • Do not allow guests inside house to help carry food or wash up
  • Do not allow guests overnight
  • Do not share garden equipment such as chairs or tables and make sure you clean everything thoroughly after use
  • Avoid garages, sheds and cabins as these are all classed as indoor areas with a high risk of transmission

Get a professional property inventory

A detailed property inventory will always be your safety net, but especially so if you think you’re tenants will be having BBQ’s or parties. A professional inventory will ensure that your garden is detailed exactly the way it is – and this will include your BBQ (if you are supplying one). If your tenants bring their own BBQ then you will be safeguarded from any damage that might occur as a result of it. You are statistically far more at risk this summer than any other – so don’t take any chances!

Put a BBQ clause in the tenancy agreement.

If there’s nothing in the tenancy agreement that covers BBQ’s  – definitely consider putting a BBQ clause in.

Get regular mid-term inspections

We saved the best till last! Mid-term inspections will not only put your mind at rest, but most likely save you a great deal of hassle down the line. If your tenants are taking their BBQ’s a step too far, jeopardising their own safety or the safety of your property – you need to know about it. Now more than ever. Regular mid-term inspections will allow you to catch any issues that might be present and stop them becoming huge money pits!


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