Overgrown sections

An overgrown, unkempt section is not just an eyesore. It can also be a fire hazard.  

Long, dry grass can be fuel for a fire that starts on the property or spreads from elsewhere, such as embers, ground fires or radiant heat.

The problem is compounded when combustible materials like wood, cardboard, cloth and other rubbish are stored on the section.

Overgrowth can also be a breeding ground for rats and vermin, flies, mosquitoes and other insects. These pests can transmit disease.

To reduce these risks, make sure your section is well maintained. Cut long grass regularly and clear the property of loose rubbish.

If you're a renter, you might want to talk with your landlord about who has responsibility for maintaining the section. 

Dealing with overgrown sections

The council will get involved with overgrown properties if they present a potential risk to health or safety.

If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is causing a fire hazard due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner.

If this does not resolve the problem, contact your local council.