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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Jasper Tenants Go Rogue

Jasper Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters of single-family rental homes want to enjoy their pleasant home with the company of their family and friends all year round. Outdoor spaces are a big part of the home, and many tenants may want to enjoy their Jasper rental home’s yard the way they want to. One way they accomplish this by adding things that they like to the yard.

Comparable to the interior rooms of the home, adding temporary decor and other decorative touches are the bests method for tenants to make their space “their own.” 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 attempt permanent changes without first checking in with the owner. They may try something like 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 appreciate the distinction between placing a freestanding barbecue grill to the patio and building one in the yard. Because of this situation, you need to talk with your tenants and explain to them clearly what they can and cannot add to their yard. Additionally, the terms of their lease agreement should also explicitly show what the consequences are of their choice to make unauthorized changes and additions.

Sometimes, no matter how many preventive measures you have in place, the tenant still goes against your terms and makes changes to the yard without your permission. The important thing at this point is to take decisive and appropriate action. If you want to be sure that your renters won’t break the terms of the lease, then hire Real Property Management Results. We make sure to explain all of the do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects to your tenants and perform regular property evaluations. By doing this, you are assured that they are complying 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. Do you want to learn more about how we can serve you? Please contact us online or call us at 812-461-1676.

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