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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Palm Bay Tenants Go Rogue

Palm Bay Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters want to be in their nice single-family rental home with their family or friends. Outdoor spaces are a big part of the home, and many tenants may want to enjoy their Palm Bay 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 is that not all tenants stop at simple decorations. They aren’t happy with just putting a new set of throw pillows at 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 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.

Even with all these precautions, sometimes the tenant would go ahead and make unapproved changes to the yard. If this happens, decisive and appropriate action must be taken. One way to be sure your renters don’t break the stipulations written down on the lease is to hire Real Property Management Brevard. 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. If a violation is discovered, we will go through the necessary actions. We will contact your renters and work closely with them to reach the best possible resolution. 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 321-610-8022.

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