Part of enjoying a home is customizing a living space, and renters are no different. A resident wants to have a comfortable aesthetic space when they rent a home. But a rental property is not like a home where the owner resides in it. Renters and owners of single-family rental homes in Pasadena are aware that any changes made to the interior of the home require consent from the landlord. Residents of your rental homes going past décor and furniture and making unauthorized changes can put you as the owner in a difficult spot.
The ones who ask before they do interior changes to your rental property are the best kind of residents. After a resident has signed the lease, they will sometimes decide they want to alter some aspects of the home. Maybe they want to paint a couple or all of the walls in another color, put in new bathroom fixtures, change the blinds or other window coverings, install a new ceiling fan or light fixture, or perhaps even paint the kitchen cabinets.
Part of you might be considering allowing them to remodel your home for you at their own expenses. However, there are a few details to remember before saying yes. Perhaps the most significant of these is quality. If your resident is doing the modifications themselves, there is no assurance that the work’s quality is going to meet any professional standard. Actually, if they do a really poor job, it could negatively affect the value of your property and then cost you even more money to fix later.
Another important point to keep in mind is that interior design trends rapidly come and go. Painted cabinets might be popular today, but you might find that residents prefer more natural wood tones in a year or two. Though it is wholly within your rights to charge a departing resident for any necessary repairs, keeping a neutral rental home is still the most cost-effective route.
As a rule, residents who disregard the terms of their lease and perform unauthorized changes anyway are responsible for returning the home to how you want it when they move out. Of course, some residents are going to try everything to evade the expense involved in putting the home back the way it was when they first arrived, possibly resulting in expensive collections or even legal action.
When residents begin doing unauthorized changes to your Pasadena property, it can be tough to know what to do next. That is why you need the right property management company to oversee matters, select quality residents who are going to take care of your property for you, and take action to protect your real estate investment if and when it is necessary.
At Real Property Management East San Gabriel Valley, we offer all of these services and more to single-family rental homeowners. Our expert property managers can create a maintenance program tailor-made to you while also handling the hassles and pains of dealing with lease violations. Would you like to find out more? Please contact us online or call us at 626-600-2884.
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