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Stopping Isle of Wight Tenant “Improvements” in Their Tracks

Isle of Wight Tenant Taking Care of Some Home RepairsWhen maintaining an Isle of Wight rental property, it is crucial that everything must be considered, most notably its exterior appearance. It is wise to handle the exterior elements of your rental home meticulously and to make sure that your tenants play their part in keeping it nice.

Sometimes, your concept of “nice” differ from what your tenant desires, and when it happens, that’s when problems usually happen. Some renters are not satisfied with just maintaining their yard—they yearn for modifications or may want to add to the rental home’s exterior features as well. With do-it-yourself home improvements becoming much of a trend nowadays, there’s a good chance that your tenants will try and make “improvements” on their own even without seeking your approval.

Common scenarios like, when your tenant may feel that a patio umbrella is not good enough and they would opt for a pergola instead. Although it may look harmless and you’d think it is okay to let them build one in the backyard, this is a hotbed for permit violations, damage to the property, and even personal injuries. (If someone was hurt you may have a substantial legal trouble brewing, on top of everything else.) Broken sprinkler or gas lines, damaged siding, and poor workmanship can spell pricey repairs and unsafe circumstances in the yard.

The same applies to other widespread home improvements, such as painting, replacing the garage door or adding a deck or porch. Unique personal preferences and/or low-quality remodeling lower property values, make it harder to rent it out. In a nutshell, it just isn’t a good idea to have tenants making alterations by themselves.

The best strategy is to stop home “improvement” projects before they start. Draft out clear language within the lease to explain in detail that tenants are prohibited from making permanent changes to your Isle of Wight rental property. It is also significant to check on your property often, making sure that a sneaky tenant hasn’t taken matters into their own hands. Obviously, this takes time away from dealing with other issues.

That’s when you ought to pick up the phone and give Real Property Management Dominion a call. We perform regular property evaluations designed to stop unauthorized tenant improvements in their tracks. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us online or by phone at 757-395-4274.

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