One way of enjoying a home is through personalizing a living space, and renters are the same. A resident wants to have a comfortable aesthetic space when they rent a home, except a rental property is not like an owner-occupied home. Owners and renters of single-family rental homes in Sugar Hill know that all interior modifications of the home require landlord permission. When residents of your rental homes move past furniture and décor and choose to make unauthorized changes, this can put you in a hard situation as the owner.
The ones who ask before they do interior changes to your rental property are the best kind of residents. Sometimes, after having signed the lease, a resident will come to a realization that there are certain aspects of the home they want to change. Perhaps they want to paint some or all of the walls a different color, set up new bathroom fixtures, replace the blinds or other window coverings, install a new light fixture or ceiling fan, or maybe even paint the kitchen cabinets.
Part of you might be contemplating whether it’s better to just let them have their way if they want to remodel your home for you at their own expense. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, before saying yes. Probably the most important of these is quality. If your resident is performing changes themselves, there is no assurance that the quality of their work will meet any professional standard. In actuality, if they do a really bad job of it, it could lessen the value of your property and then cost you even more money to fix it later.
Another important matter to keep in mind is that trends in interior design swiftly change. Painted cabinets might be in right now, but in a year or two, residents might opt for more natural wood tones. While it is entirely within your rights to charge a departing resident for any repair needed, maintaining a neutral rental home is still the most cost-effective option.
As a rule, residents who ignore the conditions of their lease and go on making unauthorized changes are responsible for returning the home to your liking once they move out. Some residents will definitely try everything to avoid the expense involved in restoring the home to the way it was when they first arrived, potentially leading to pricey collections or even legal action.
When residents start making unauthorized changes to your Sugar Hill property, it can be hard to know what’s your next step. This is why you must get the right property management company to select quality residents who will take care of your property for you, manage matters, and take action to protect your real estate investment if and when it is needed.
At Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta, we offer all of these services and more to single-family rental homeowners. Our expert property managers can customize a maintenance program made only for you while handling the stresses and problems stemming from lease violations. Would you like to learn more? For additional information, please contact us online or call us at 678-504-8580.
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