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Does Your Smithfield Tenant Have a Green Thumb?

Smithfield Rental Property with Perfectly Maintained Yard with Flower BedsCountless renters find gratification in their Smithfield rental homes, longing to reside in an exquisite location that is meticulously maintained. For the property landlord, these tenants are some of the cream of the crop as they will do a nice job caring for the property.

For a great number of renters, an adequate and tidy backyard is all they like or have need for. If the landscaping is simple, property landlords can envision that their tenants will be compelled to keep it looking outstanding. 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.

Getting a tenant who is eager to maintain all of these things is a welcome sight. But what happens if a tenant wants to make changes that go above basic maintenance, mostly those that can entail permanent changes to the foundations 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.

Wanting a tenant to maintain a well-kept yard is one thing; making critical renovations without license, even if well-done or excellently executed, is another story. Alterations of this 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 tough as it could possibly be to comprehend, tenants of Smithfield rental homes may not realize that by going outside their contractual landscaping maintenance responsibilities, they are violating the terms of their lease. They may even expect that they are doing the property holder a favor by making something elegant in the backyard. In this case, property holders should be focused on making the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear and to clearly communicate any possible legal action that might come up.

At Real Property Management Cache Valley, we include clear statements about yard maintenance and alterations in all of our leases, removing the guesswork out of the equation. We even 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 required. If you would like to engage more about our property management services in Smithfield, please contact us online or contact us at 435-753-5200 for information.

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