In most rental agreements, the tenants are responsible for lawn care and maintenance. Property managers serving the military community are best served by educating their tenants, who are likely not familiar with local weather and seasons!
Military service members and their families make attractive tenants — as a community, there are plenty of responsible and financially applicants that are looking for homes to rent in your area. For the best possible outcome for both you and your tenant, some proactive education on local landscaping can ensure that your tenants will help have a positive effect on your rental property.
Know What Your Property Needs
As a property manager, you are the expert. If landscaping is not something you are comfortable with, hire someone to evaluate the landscaping and make recommendations regarding necessary maintenance and upkeep. Keep those recommendations in writing and make them available to your tenants upon move in. Setting clear and concise expectations from the beginning goes a long way towards preventing an issue.
Does the tenant maintain the lawn?
Once you have established your property’s needs, build those requirements into your lease or additional agreement. You may want to specify grass height or how often it should be mowed, the care of any existing beds, and your policy towards changes to the landscaping. Include clear and specific instructions for the handling and disposing of limbs, branches and substantial yard waste. Remember that your tenant is likely not familiar with local policies and services. Make it simple to help it be done correctly.
Fertilization and Pest Control
It is best to have clear guidelines regarding any chemicals used on your property. It might be worth the investment to pay for seasonal services yourself. If not, provide tenant with a list of approved service providers and your expectations for what is and is not applied.
Yard Shrubbery, Flowering Bushes
If your property features any shrubbery or flower bushes, provide your tenant with specific care instructions – especially plants that require seasonal pruning. Many local nurseries can provide you with detailed care sheets that you can pass on to your tenant.
Why is Good Lawn Maintenance Important?
A beautiful and well-maintained lawn contributes significantly to the value of your property – and boosts the appeal for your next potential renter! By managing expectations from the get go, you increase the likelihood that your property’s lawn will be photo-ready when it comes time to list it again. If your tenant doesn’t understand the local weather’s impact on your yard, is not clear on your expectations, or a simple lack of care can add up to significant expense for the property owner!
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