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

Young Orlando Resident Measuring the Trellis on an Outdoor Patio

One of the first things residents typically do when they move into a new rental home is add decorative features. The desire to personalize their rental home occasionally includes the exterior of the house. Many Orlando property owners expect their residents to preserve the landscaping to some extent, and quality residents are happy to do so. They want to take pride in their home as well, even if they don’t really own the place.

Nonetheless, once your residents want to make changes to the exterior of the home, things can go downhill fast. As the owner, your residents might ask permission to make changes like planting new plants or trees in the yard, creating new flower beds, or turning a part of the yard into a vegetable garden. Other exterior modifications that residents might request include new exterior doors, light fixtures, or even changing the color of the house itself.

You might be tempted to permit them to make particular changes, especially if they are willing to pay for it themselves. On the other hand, keep in mind that not all changes are for the better. If the resident’s handiwork is of low quality, it can really lessen your property value and your ability to rent the home in the future.

If sod has been disturbed or plantings moved or changed, asking your residents to put the property back the way it was when they first arrived may not be possible. Future residents may not enjoy the maintenance required by a vegetable garden as much as your current residents do, which can make potential renters pass your property over for one with less upkeep.

If your rental home is situated within a homeowners’ association, there could be restrictions and further permissions that you must follow before changes are permitted. If residents go on making changes to the exterior of your Orlando rental property without your permission, you must take the appropriate next steps. But, what do you need to do? You could charge them for any necessary repairs and then get somebody to fix it or you could attempt to make them do it themselves. Although, your top option is to employ a property management company that can both constantly monitor your properties for you and deal with unauthorized changes as they happen.

At Real Property Management Freedom, we understand the hassle that can develop from unauthorized changes to your property. We are dedicated to taking care of your investment, and that means ensuring that your residents understand what unauthorized changes are and the consequences for making them. Our property maintenance programs are designed to maximize the potential of your investment while keeping expenses low. For additional information about our property management services, please contact us online or call us at 407-624-4706 today!

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