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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Central Tenants Go Rogue

Central Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters want to have fun with their friends and family all year round in their single-family rental home. 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 Central rental home the way they want to.

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 predicament is that not all tenants can reign themselves in. There are some that aren’t content with adding throw pillows to the outdoor space. A few tenants would try and install a prohibited item, such as 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 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 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. Together with that, the lease agreement should clearly show what the consequences are of making 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. One way to make sure your renters follow the stipulations of the lease is to hire Real Property Management Baton Rouge. We clearly explain all of the do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects to your tenants and perform regular property evaluations. This way, we ensure that they comply with the lease. In the event of a violation, we will take care of it. We will take the necessary action and work closely with your renters to get to the best possible solution. 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 225-389-6860.

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