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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Southborough Tenants Go Rogue

Southborough Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters want to have fun with their friends and family all year round in their single-family rental home. Outdoor spaces in Southborough rental homes play a huge part in how tenants enjoy a home. Some add things to the yard to turn it into what they want.

Just like when modifying the home’s interior to suit your style, adding non-permanent decor and design is the best method for tenants to place their personal touch. 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. There are some tenants that may want to add something prohibited, like 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 think little of the distinction between purchasing and installing a freestanding barbecue grill to the patio and building one in the yard. This is why you need to speak with the tenants and clearly explain to them 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.

However, in case the tenant is stubborn and insists on making changes to the yard without your permission, you’ll have to act accordingly. You’ll need to take decisive and appropriate action. One way to be sure your renters don’t break the stipulations written down on the lease is to hire Real Property Management Metro West-Worcester. 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 discovered, we will go through the necessary actions. We will contact your renters and work closely with them to reach the best possible resolution. Do you have any questions you want to be answered? Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 508-329-6000.

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