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Does Your Bangor Tenant Have a Green Thumb?

Bangor Rental Property with Perfectly Maintained Yard with Flower Beds

A lot of renters take delight in their Bangor rental homes, desiring a picturesque and thoroughly cared for location to dwell in. For the property landlord, these tenants are part of the best as they will do a great job nurturing the property.

For the majority of renters, a simple and effortlessly managed yard is all they desire or demand. If the landscaping is easily manageable, property landlords can anticipate that their tenants will put in the work needed to keep it looking beautiful. 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.

Discovering a tenant who is inclined to accomplish all of this is perfect. But what happens if a tenant desires to create a modification that goes farther than basic maintenance, especially those that would include permanent changes to 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.

Anticipating that a tenant will manage a neat courtyard is one thing; building considerable modifications lacking in authorization, despite it being attractive or expertly finished, is different. Alterations of this kind 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 difficult as it may be to accept, tenants of Bangor rental homes may perhaps not recognize that going past their contractual landscaping maintenance responsibilities may violate the terms of their lease. They might even believe that they are giving the property landlord an advantage by building something gorgeous in the courtyard. Subsequently, property landlords should be conscientious to make the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear and to clarify any possible legal action that may follow.

At Real Property Management Lehigh Valley, we include clear statements about yard maintenance and alterations in all of our leases, taking the guesswork out of the equation. We also perform regular property evaluations for all of our customers, and can take appropriate action to have the trees and bushes trimmed, lawns edged, or intervene in a resident’s unsanctioned yard improvement plans, if necessary. If you would like to know more about our property management services in Bangor, kindly contact us online or call 484-544-3351 for details.


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