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Part 2: Are Upper Marlboro Residents Making Unauthorized Changes to the Exterior of Your Rental Property?

Young Upper Marlboro Resident Measuring the Trellis on an Outdoor PatioWhen residents move into a new rental property, one of the first things they typically do is put in decorative elements. Occasionally, this desire to customize their rental property involves the exterior of the house as well. Many Upper Marlboro homeowners have a level of expectation for their residents to maintain the landscaping, and good residents are willing to do so. They want to take pride in their home too, even if they don’t really own it.

Once your residents want to do changes to the property’s exterior, things can quickly become problematic. As the owner, you might get requests from residents planning to do changes such as turning a part of the yard into a vegetable garden, planting new trees or plants in the yard, or creating new flower beds. Additional exterior changes that residents might ask for include new exterior doors, light fixtures, or even replacing the house’s paint color.

You may be tempted to permit them to make certain changes, particularly if they are willing to pay for it themselves. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to consider that not all modifications are for the better. If the resident’s work is of poor quality, it can significantly reduce your property values and your ability to rent the home down the road.

You could always ask that they restore the property to its original state, but if sod has been disturbed or plantings moved or changed, this might not be possible. Future residents might not want to deal with the upkeep needed by a vegetable garden as much as your present residents, and it is things like these that lead prospective renters to pass your property over for one with less maintenance. If your rental property is in an area with a homeowners’ association, there might be additional permissions and restrictions you must adhere to before changes are approved.

If residents go ahead and make changes to the exterior of your Upper Marlboro rental property without your consent, you will have to take the right next steps. But, what should you do? You could make them pay for any needed repairs and then hire an expert to fix it or you could try to make them fix it themselves, although the best route is to employ a property management company that can both consistently oversee your properties for you and take care of unauthorized changes as they happen.

At Real Property Management Gold, we know the hassles that can come from unauthorized property changes. We are committed to safeguarding your investment, and that entails making sure your residents understand what unauthorized changes are and the consequences for doing them. Our property maintenance programs are designed to maximize the potential of your investment while minimizing costs. For additional information about our property management services, please contact us online or give us a call at 301-392-2172 today!


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