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Does Your Frisco Tenant Have a Green Thumb?

Frisco Rental Property with Perfectly Maintained Yard with Flower BedsPlenty of renters invest heavily in their Frisco rental homes, craving for an excellent and all-around spot to live. For the property owner, tenants like these are among the best since they will put in hard work just to care for the property.

For most renters, a basic and well-kept yard is all they want or need. If the landscaping is manageable, property owners can reasonably anticipate their tenants would invest the effort required to keep it looking pleasant. 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.

Finding a tenant who is happy to do all of these things is perfect. In any case, what happens if a tenant needs to make upgrades that go beyond basic maintenance, especially those that would include permanently changing the components of the garden and landscaping? Tenants with a green thumb may want to make specific 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 should keep up a clean yard is indeed something; rolling out changes without consent, even if lovely or expertly done, is another. 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 hard as it may be to believe, tenants of Frisco rental homes may not understand that going beyond their contractual landscaping maintenance responsibilities may violate the terms of their lease. They may even think that they are doing the property owner a favor by creating something beautiful in the yard. Because of this, property owners must be cautious about making the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear and to explain thoroughly any possible legal action that may result.

At Real Property Management Legend, we include explicit 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 clients, and can take appropriate action to have trees and bushes trimmed, lawns edged, or mediate in a resident’s unsanctioned yard improvement plans, if needed. If you would like to learn more about our property management services in Frisco, please contact us online or call 214-235-2427 for details.

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