The Property Manager Guide To Patio Dos and Do Nots

By Rudy Rudulph, September 16, 2016

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Most people love being outdoors in the summer whether they want to have friends over for a barbecue or their kids and their friends go outside to play.

Property managers want their tenants to enjoy their rental property but you need to be clear in the lease agreement for items that are allowed or not allowed in order to keep the rental tenant and the rental property safe.

1) Grills.  Having a grill to close to the property is a potential fire hazard.  For safety, a grill needs to be at least 10 to 15 feet from exterior walls.   Storage of propane tanks in doors also needs to be specified in the lease agreement.  Make sure this information is spelled out in the lease agreement.

2) Furniture.  Makeshift patio furniture not only looks tacky but can potentially be dangerous.  The lease agreement spells out what type of patio furniture is allowed.  Also stipulate that indoor furniture is not allowable outside because it can be damaged by weather and pests.

3) Plants.  Plants add curb appeal to rental properties and make a property feel like a home.   Greening a patio should come with regulations.  For example, setting maximums on the size of planters being used the pots and plants should be well cared for and not in high traffic areas which could cause an accident.

4) Outdoor décor.  Décor is subjective and what looks good to one person might not look so great to someone else.  In addition, it might damage the patio or deck areas.  Examples of décor that the lease agreement would want to exclude would be candles, rope lights, and tiki torches. Patio storage should also be prohibited.

The rental lease agreement will be the tenants guide for their protection and the protection of the rental property.