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Backyard Additions: Who to Call When Milwaukee Tenants Go Rogue

Milwaukee Rental Property with a Firepit Installed in the BackyardRenters want to be in their nice single-family rental home with their family or friends. Outdoor spaces are a major part of the home and many tenants enjoy changing its look. For some of them, adding things to their Milwaukee rental home’s yard is how they do it.

Quite similar to the home’s interior, placing temporary decor and beautifying touches is the best way for tenants to change things up a bit. Items such as patio furniture, potted plants or trees, and so on are both functional and in compliance with the terms of the lease.

The issue is that not everybody can control themselves or tone themselves down. There are some tenants that want to do a lot more than decorating an outdoor space with additional throw pillows. There are some tenants that may want to add something prohibited, like a firepit. Even the small, freestanding firepits available at most home improvement stores present a serious risk, and many cities and counties have specific regulations regarding where and when they can be used.

Tenants may also attempt to make more permanent changes without asking permission. They may want to do something like installing an awning or in-ground fire pit, adding a new path or walkway, or installing a new fence, pond, trees, bushes or perhaps even a shed or gazebo. They may not understand the difference between buying and propping up a freestanding barbecue grill to the patio and building one in the yard. Because of this, you must explain clearly to tenants what they can and cannot add to their yard. Additionally, the terms of their lease agreement should also explicitly show what the consequences are of their choice to make unauthorized changes and additions.

However, even though you’ve placed all the safeguards, the tenant still goes on and makes changes to the yard without asking permission. When this happens, you’ll need to take decisive and appropriate action. If you want to be sure that your renters won’t break the terms of the lease, then hire Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee. We explain clearly all of the do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects to your tenants and perform regular property evaluations. Doing this ensures that they stay compliant with the lease. If there happens to be a violation, we will manage it and go through all the necessary actions. We will work closely with your renters and reach a resolution that is best for both parties. Do you want to learn more about how we can serve you? Please contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961.

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