One means of enjoying a home is through personalizing a living space, and renters are the same. They want to be able to have an aesthetic space that they feel comfortable in when they rent a home. The only problem is that a rental property is not like an owner-occupied home. Owners and renters of single-family rental homes in Melbourne Beach know that all interior modifications of the home require landlord permission. Residents of your rental homes going past décor and furniture and making unauthorized changes can put you as the owner in a difficult spot.
The finest residents are ones who ask before performing changes to the interior of your rental property. Sometimes, after having signed the lease, a resident will come to a realization that there are certain aspects of the home they want to change. Perhaps they want to put in new bathroom fixtures, replace the blinds or other window coverings, install a new light fixture or ceiling fan, change the paint color of some or all of the walls, or possibly even paint the kitchen cabinets.
A thought might occur to you that if they want to remodel your home at their own expense, maybe it’s better to just let them have their way. But you need to keep in mind a few things before saying yes. Perhaps the most significant of these is quality. If your resident is performing changes themselves, there is no assurance that the quality of their work will meet any professional standard. In actuality, if they do a really bad job of it, it could lessen the value of your property and then cost you even more money to fix it later.
Another important point to keep in mind is that interior design trends rapidly come and go. Although painted cabinets might be popular now, residents might prefer more natural wood tones in a year or two. While it is entirely within your rights to charge a departing resident for any essential repairs, maintaining a neutral rental property is still the most cost-effective choice.
As a rule, residents who ignore the conditions of their lease and go on making unauthorized changes are responsible for returning the home to your liking once they move out. Of course, some residents will do their best to avoid the cost involved in putting the home back the way it was when they first came in, potentially leading to expensive collections or even legal action.
It can be hard to know what to do next when residents begin making unauthorized changes to your Melbourne Beach property. That is why you must have the right property management company to supervise things, select great residents who will take care of your property for you, and take action to protect your real estate investment if and when the need arises.
At Real Property Management Brevard, we offer all of these services and more to single-family rental homeowners. Our professional property managers can create a maintenance program just for you while taking care of the hassles and headaches of handling lease violations. Do you want to know more? Please contact us online or call us directly at 321-610-8022 today.