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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. This desire to customize their rental property occasionally involves the house’s exterior. 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 also want to take pride in their home, even if they don’t own it.

Things can quickly become problematic once your residents want to change the property’s exterior. As the owner, you might get requests from residents planning to make changes, such as turning a part of the yard into a vegetable garden, planting new trees or plants, or creating new flower beds. Residents might ask for additional exterior changes, including new doors and light fixtures, or 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.

While requesting restoration to the original state is an option, it may not be feasible if sod has been disturbed or plantings altered. The challenge arises when future residents are less inclined to manage the upkeep required by a vegetable garden, compared to the current occupants. These factors can dissuade prospective renters, leading them to choose properties with lower maintenance demands. It’s essential to recognize that alterations to your rental property, such as changes to landscaping, can impact its appeal.

Moreover, if your rental property falls within the jurisdiction of a homeowners’ association, additional permissions and restrictions may come into play. Compliance with these guidelines is crucial before any changes are approved. Being mindful of these considerations ensures that you strike a balance between meeting the preferences of your current residents and maintaining broad appeal for potential renters, especially in areas with specific association regulations.

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, which entails ensuring your residents understand what unauthorized changes are and the consequences of 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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