Here are the points, in addition to those made by daniel2d-ga as a
Comment, that you need to make in a polite letter to your landlord.
1. The lease only requires, as far as the landscaping is concerned,
that the Tenant be responsible for maintenance of yard, lawn, plants &
trees and for keeping the yard which is visible from the street free
from trash cans (except on trash pickup days, debris, etc.
2. The lease does not say, as it might have, that the Tenant be
responsible for the removal and replacement of plants and trees.
3. This is a residential lease, and it would not be reasonable or
customary to require the Tenant to undertake capital costs like
removal and replacement of a tree.
4. A tree is a structural element of the residence, like a deck or a
garage. Removing and replacing a tree is like removing and replacing
a deck or garage. In each case these would be costs to be borne by
the landlord, not the tenant, because they are capital costs, not
5. If the lease had said that the Tenant must pay to remove and
replace any tree that dies during the term of the lease, you would not
have agreed to it.
6. Since the landlord drafted the lease, any ambiguity must be
construed in favor of the tenant.
As far as paying rent to the property manager, you certainly should
write the landlord to confirm that you should, and be sure to get a
receipt when you pay. Your lease probably includes a 'notice'
provision that tells how to properly communicate with the landlord.
Under Nevada law,
CHAPTER 118A - LANDLORD AND TENANT: DWELLINGS
"Written notices to the landlord prescribed by this chapter may be
delivered or mailed to the place of business of the landlord
designated in the rental agreement or to any place held out by the
landlord as the place for the receipt of rental payments from the
tenant and are effective from the date of delivery or mailing."
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I hope you find this information helpful, and that the landlord sees it your way.