A significant number of renters are very proud of their Ellsworth rental homes, always wanting their place to be attractive and well-cared for. For the property owner, having tenants like these are the best because they are willing to do what it takes to take care of the property.
For the majority of renters, an uncomplicated and easy to maintain yard is good enough. If the landscaping is manageable, property owners can easily expect that their tenants will commit time and effort to keep it looking pleasant. Owners should clearly explain their expectations about keeping up the yard, and who is responsible for mowing lawns, weeding flower beds or gravel areas, and so on.
Finding a tenant who is keen on delivering the necessary things to keep up with the tasks is great, but there are times when a tenant wants to do modifications that go past the basic maintenance, particularly with those that include permanently changing elements of the garden and landscaping. Tenants with a green thumb may want to make certain changes, such as adding, moving, or cutting down trees or other plantings, planting a vegetable garden, or even installing a fence, walkway, or patio.
Assuming a tenant would maintain a clean yard is one thing; making major changes without permission, however beautiful or professionally done, is a different scenario. Alterations of this kind are in direct violation of most leases. In fact, if a tenant does alter the landscaping, it is their responsibility to put it back to its original condition upon moving out. If they can’t (or won’t), they may be subject to penalties or even eviction proceedings.
As hard as it may be to believe, tenants of Ellsworth rental homes may not understand that going beyond their contractual landscaping maintenance responsibilities may violate the terms of their lease. They may even think that they are doing the property owner a favor by building something pretty in the yard. For this reason, property owners must be careful to make the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear and to explain any possible legal action that may arise.
At Real Property Management Acadia, we include clear statements about yard maintenance and alterations in all of our leases, taking the guesswork out of the equation. We also perform regular property evaluations for all of our clients, and can take appropriate action to have trees and bushes trimmed, lawns edged, or intervene in a resident’s unsanctioned yard improvement plans, if needed. If you would like to learn more about our property management services in Ellsworth, please contact us online or call 207-561-7482 for details.
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