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Maintaining the Landscaping: Tenant or Owner?

With fall upon us, Real Property Management Classic wants to address the topic of landscape maintenance. The Oregon rains are coming and those outdoor jobs will become increasingly wet!

Owner or Tenant?
The consensus is that landscape maintenance should fall to the property owner. While the lease can certainly assign that responsibility to the tenant, the reality is that the owner has a far greater vested interest in its completion. Improper or poor maintenance can lower the property value, create larger issues, and reduce the marketability of the home to future tenants. Whether inside the home or in the yard, deferred maintenance never results in a long-term positive return.

If the tenant is tasked with the upkeep, a hybrid approach of having the owner pay for semi-annual clean-ups is highly recommended. By providing spring and fall services – from trimming to fertilizer – the tenant is better positioned to succeed at their upkeep, the property is better maintained, and both the tenant and owner will take greater pride in the home.

Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs should be addressed on an annual basis. Their growth may appear slower and can be deceptive but in a span of 24 to 36 months they can increase significantly in size. Trees that overhang roofs will plug gutters and create drainage issues. Shrubs and trees rubbing against the house will break the paint seal and create entry points for water and insects.

Shrubs can usually be trimmed relatively easily, but trees should be left to a professional service that has the appropriate equipment. If you need help with any of these tasks please contact us – we are happy to share our referral network.

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