Renters want to be in their nice single-family rental home with their family or friends. The spaces outdoors are important for the tenants, and some of them may want to put their stamp on it by adding things to the yard. For them, they want to enjoy the Trinidad rental home the way they want to.
Quite similar to the home’s interior, placing temporary decor and beautifying touches is the best way for tenants to change things up a bit. 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 issue arises when tenants go way over the top and aren’t merely adding throw pillows to the outdoor space. Some tenants would want to add a prohibited item, for example, a firepit. 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 also want to perform more permanent changes without express permission from the owner. They may attempt to do something 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 being the case, a clear explanation must be given to the tenants explaining what they can and cannot add to their yard. Along with that, the terms stated in their lease agreement should clearly disclose the consequences of deciding 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. If you want to be sure that your renters won’t break the terms of the lease, then hire Real Property Management DC Metro. 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. And if we find a violation, we will handle whatever action is necessary and work closely with your renters to find the best solution possible. Would you like to know more about what we can do for you? Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 202-269-0303.
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