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Does Your Berwyn Tenant Have a Green Thumb?

Berwyn Rental Property with Perfectly Maintained Yard with Flower BedsThere is a decent number of renters who are pleased with their Berwyn rental homes so much so that they need to ensure that it is kept in excellent condition and looking appealing too. For the property owner, tenants like these are the most sought after as they are the ones who are willing to work to make sure the property is kept looking nice.

Most renters are content with a fundamental or a basic yard, one that they can without much of an effort keep up. If the landscaping isn’t confusing, property owners can surely anticipate that their tenants ought to put in effort to ensure it is kept in a good condition. 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 keen to do all these tasks is excellent. In any case, what if a situation were to happen wherein a tenant would want to make adjustments that go past basic maintenance, especially those that would require permanent changes to the fundamental elements 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.

Expecting a tenant to maintain a tidy yard is one thing; making major changes without permission, however beautiful or professionally done, is another. Alterations of this sort 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 acknowledge what is obvious, tenants of Berwyn 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. That is the reason why property owners must be vigilant and to really make the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear, as well as fully explain any possible legal action that may result.

At Real Property Management Chicago Edge, we include clear statements about yard maintenance and alterations in all of our leases, removing 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 intervene in a resident’s unsanctioned yard improvement plans, if needed. If you would like to learn more about our property management services in Berwyn, please contact us online or call 773-904-7700 for details.

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