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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Raleigh Tenants Go Rogue

Raleigh Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters want to enjoy their single-family rental homes all year round with the company of friends or family. 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 Raleigh rental home the way they want to.

Very similar to decorating the home’s interior, placing decorative touches and non-permanent additions are the best way for tenants to put their stamp on the area. 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 issue arises when tenants go way over the top and aren’t merely adding throw pillows to 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 attempt to make more permanent changes without asking permission. They may want to do 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 fully grasp the ramifications of building something in the yard. Not all tenants see the difference between putting a freestanding barbecue grill to the patio and building one in the yard. For this reason, tenants must be given clear instruction as to what they can and cannot add to their yard. Along with that, the terms stated in their lease agreement should clearly disclose the consequences of deciding 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 assured that your renters will stick to the terms of the lease, then hire Real Property Management Raleigh. We make clear all of the do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects to your tenants and perform regular property evaluations. By doing so, we make sure that they continue to comply with the lease. If a violation is found, we will take the necessary action. We will work closely with your renters to arrive at a resolution that is best for all the parties involved. Do you want to learn more about how we can serve you? Please contact us online or call us at 919-481-0008.

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