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Does Your Miami Tenant Have a Green Thumb?

Miami Rental Property with Perfectly Maintained Yard with Flower BedsThere are a good number of renters who are proud of their Miami rental homes and so they want to make sure that it is kept in good condition and looks attractive as well. For the property owner, tenants like these are the most sought after as they are the ones who are most likely to do a good job tending to the property.

Most renters are content with a basic and simple yard, one that they can easily maintain. If the landscaping is not complicated, property owners can rationally expect their tenants to exert effort to make sure it is kept in an excellent state. 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 enthusiastic about ensuring that all of these tasks are being executed is perfect. But what about if a tenant wishes to make alterations that surpass basic maintenance, mainly those that would require permanently changing foundations 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 manage a tidy yard is one thing; doing significant modifications without permission, no matter how beautiful or expertly done, is another. Alterations of this kind are in direct violation of most leases. 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 accept as true, tenants of Miami rental homes possibly will not understand that going past their contractual landscaping maintenance responsibilities may violate the terms of their lease. They may even think that they are doing the property owner a courtesy by creating something good-looking in the yard. That’s why property owners must be careful to make the distinction between maintenance and major alterations clear and to fully clarify any possible legal action that may result.

At Real Property Management Asset Solutions, 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 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 Miami, please contact us online or call 954-889-5627 for details.

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