Renters want to be in their nice single-family rental home with their family or friends. Outdoor spaces are a major part of the home and many tenants enjoy changing its look. For some of them, adding things to their Cutten rental home’s yard is how they do it.
Just like the home’s interior, placing decorative finishes and non-permanent decor is the best-practice for tenants who want to put their personal touch. Items such as patio furniture, potted plants or trees, and so on are both functional and in compliance with the terms of the lease.
The problem comes when tenants go overboard; when they aren’t content with simply placing throw pillow on the patio furniture. A handful of tenants may see a firepit or any other prohibited item and attempt to add it to their yard. Even the small, freestanding firepits available at most home improvement stores present a serious risk, and many cities and counties have specific regulations regarding where and when they can be used.
Tenants may want permanent changes done to the place, such as installing an awning or in-ground fire pit, adding a new path or walkway, or installing a new fence, pond, trees, bushes or perhaps even a shed or gazebo. They may not think much about the difference between adding a freestanding barbecue grill to the patio and building one in the yard. This is why you need to speak with the tenants and clearly explain to them what they can and cannot add to their yard. On top of that, the wording of their lease agreement should clearly explain the consequences of their decision to make unauthorized changes and additions.
Even after you’ve taken these preventive measures, sometimes the tenant just disregards your instructions and makes the changes he wants. When this happens, decisive and appropriate action is necessary. A way to make certain that your renters obey the terms written on the lease is to hire Real Property Management Humboldt. We explain clearly all of the do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects to your tenants and perform regular property evaluations. Doing this ensures that they stay compliant with the lease. If there happens to be a violation, we will manage it and go through all the necessary actions. We will work closely with your renters and reach a resolution that is best for both parties. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 707-444-3835.
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