Letter to ten mow yard (by Bonanza [NC]) Apr 9, 2021 7:31 PM|
Letter to ten mow yard (by Richard [MI]) Apr 9, 2021 7:55 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by DJ [VA]) Apr 9, 2021 9:09 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 10, 2021 1:09 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Roy [AL]) Apr 10, 2021 6:17 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Apr 10, 2021 8:50 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by razorback_tim [AR]) Apr 10, 2021 9:31 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Apr 10, 2021 10:47 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Apr 10, 2021 10:51 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 10, 2021 11:01 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Vee [OH]) Apr 10, 2021 11:57 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by FloridaNative [FL]) Apr 11, 2021 9:35 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jim in O C [CA]) Apr 11, 2021 11:06 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jim [OH]) Apr 11, 2021 4:36 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by mike [CA]) Apr 12, 2021 12:12 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Sally [PA]) Apr 12, 2021 2:17 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Alan [OH]) Apr 12, 2021 2:22 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert Denenberg [TX]) Apr 12, 2021 2:58 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jack Wilson [IL]) Apr 12, 2021 5:39 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Karen G [WV]) Apr 13, 2021 10:12 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by JO [SC]) Apr 14, 2021 10:02 PM
Letter to ten mow yard (by MJ [IA]) Apr 15, 2021 11:41 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by Bob Moorehead [CO]) Apr 19, 2021 9:24 AM
Letter to ten mow yard (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 19, 2021 11:37 PM
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Letter to ten mow yard (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Apr 9, 2021 7:31 PM
Anyone have a nice, politically correct, letter that they send to tenants to mow the yard, trim the bushes, and weed the flower beds.
It's spring and the grass is growing. I did my quarterly inspections and there are few slackers in the yard care maintenance department.
Letter to ten mow yard (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Apr 9, 2021 7:55 PM
Tenants will never care like you do.
Start a mowing company, get equipment, hire people to do the work, you just supervise until you know it's done right. Add lawn care fees to the rent by increasing rent.
Offer services to other landlords who likely have the same problems. Make another stream of income. Add in cleanouts after they evict deadbeats for yet another stream of income. (Cleaning out just ONE unit for another landlord can make you as much money as the net profit on a months rent for an average priced rental of $600 or so). Once (if ever) the eviction moratoriums are lifted there will be many evictions and needed cleanouts. --24.180.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 9, 2021 9:09 PM
Use your Rental Agreement. I'm assuming it says that the tenant needs to maintain the yard to the same standards it was when they moved in.
Give them notice that they are in violation of Clause # __, must cure then problem immediately, and copy & paste the clause into the notice. You might also say that the condition of the yard will be re-checked on Wed 4/14 - or whenever. Make a deadline and clear expectation for the future.
Curious: Is this their first summer there? You must set and enforce the expectations clearly right way. Also, don't make the standards too high for tenants. You might need to do bush trimming type stuff a couple times a year yourself - or they may wack them down & kill them, or let them get too overgrown for trimming.
But, they definitely should be able to sufficiently mow/edge/weed. --68.229.xxx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 1:09 AM
What I need my tenants to do is "work", make money and "Pay their rents on time". There is no need to battle with them over mowing the lawn, sweeping the pool or added chemicals. INSTEAD, I give them with the rental a weekly gardening service and if they have a pool a pool service also.
If I'm not smart enough to charge enough in rent to cover those services, then I'm not such a sharp investor.
Third I do no hire only ONE SERVICE. With the number of properties I have several providers. So when one starts to give me poor service or a sloppy job, I can can them and have a replacement within hours. --47.155.xx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 6:17 AM
'trim the bushes, and weed the flower beds'.
Mowing the lawn yes,...but pulling weeds in the flower beds?
Are you actually serious here? You will need more than a politically correct letter. Good Luck to you. --68.63.xxx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 8:50 AM
"Were you planning on mowing and doing the yard work as outlined in the lease, or do we need to hire someone and bill you?" --24.154.xx.x
Letter to ten mow yard (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 9:31 AM
I think I stole this from someone here, but can't find the original post:
We need your help. Someone from our company recently drove by your home and noticed the problem below or someone called it in.
Then list the problem(s)
Then list the lease clauses that deal with it and give them a deadline to remedy the problem.
I try to include a picture, just printed in plain paper in my color printer. Depending on what it is, I may also include print the page from their lease that deals with it and highlight the paragraph.
Letter to ten mow yard (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 10:47 AM
One thing I do, once or twice a year, is that I send an email to the tenants who keep a nice yard and I say that I drove by their place and, gosh, does the yard look nice.
I really think that keeps them on their toes. They like the compliment and they also never know when the landlord is going to drive by and will see if the yard has gotten shaggy.
The bad yards, I just send an email (or text for those of you who text) and say it is spring and I will let them know when the backflow guy will be there and ask them to let me know if the lawn is coming up OK.
If that doesn't work, they get a polite notice that the lawn looks a bit shaggy, the city (or HOA) is picky about it, and if there is a fine for the grass being too long, they are the ones who will pay it.
Then, I don't renew the bad lawn people and that solves the problem. My leases renew in May, so the tenant can't do too much damage to the lawn before then.
Letter to ten mow yard (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 10:51 AM
You guys suggesting a lawn service must have cheap gardeners in your area. I got a quote for $80 a week. I can't add that much to the rent.
Flower beds are to keep the tenant's edger away from the house, so mostly they are covered in sturdy weed barrier and either bark or stone. Just a few perennial plants and so far the tenants seem to be able to keep those up. --76.178.xxx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 11:01 AM
The going monthly rate for a gardener who cuts the front and rear yards is $100 per month. We have over 1 million illegals in the State of California, there's a lot of people looking for work. On the other hand, if we follow the law and obtain Workers Compensation insurance for a grass cutter whom we pay $100 a month, the premium for workers comp is around $150 a month.. --47.155.xx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 11:57 AM
This is your housing provider, I had actually thought you would take time to keep the exterior of my property in pristine condition in addition to paying to live there while generally the housing provider does the exterior maintenance.
Is mowing and exterior care included as resident responsibility in the lease? The basic mow and snow is covered in mine and they initial this also before getting keys. --76.188.xxx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 9:35 AM
Yep, Robert J nailed it. We add the cost of lawn maintenance to the rent. It runs about $80 to $100/SFR/month here. The first place a tenant cuts back is the lawn maintenance if they are under any kind of financial distress or if they suddenly don't have the time to cut the grass. So about 10 years ago added to the rent and no shaggy lawns since. Of course, we have to change out lawn maint co's periodically due to complacence. --45.152.xxx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 11:06 AM
I gave up trying to have a tenant responsible for the yard. For about $100 a month the yard is cared for by my gardener. My gardener is also my mole to tell me if they see something I should know about. It has worked well telling me about extra new cars, getting ready to move, heavy duty parties( beer and liquor bottles in the yard) and signs something is going on inside the home. --99.23.xxx.x
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jim [OH]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 4:36 PM
Nice and politically correct? Nope.
Casually ask them if they like living there. If they answer yes, tell them that they won't be much longer if they fail to keep the curb appeal, appealing.
If they say no, ask them how soon they can be out. --184.57.xxx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 12:12 PM
set rent to include the services. its a great way to have extra eyes on the property regularly. that they are on all sides of the property is nice. this works especially well for folks that get unauthorized dogs
every tenant i've tried to work with to do prop related services has been a failure. --75.80.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Sally [PA]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 2:17 PM
Tenants will find an excuse not to mow the lawn-playing baseball, going fishing, etc. Meanwhile your property looks terrible. If they finally do mow it's usually real long and unsightly. Include it in the rent and get someone to do it on a weekly basis. Your neighbors and other owners will appreciate it. --108.36.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Alan [OH]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 2:22 PM
I have a clause in the lease that says if the grass gets long we'll send a mowing company and invoice the tenant.
I give one warning via email "Grass is high, you have 7 days to mow or we'll do it at your expense." Worked every time.
I do the same with snow, gutters, flower beds and leaves. They rent the whole single family home, not just the inside, and it's in the lease to care for the outside. There's no way I can make up in rent the cost of maintaining the outside of the properties. A handful of tenants have asked me to handle it and invoice them, which I do, plus a 15% management fee.
The last thing I need is another contractor to manage, so I do this as little as possible. --65.24.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Robert Denenberg [TX]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 2:58 PM
In the communities where my properties are they have aggressive code compliance officers. If the grass gets to high they will send a letter the to tenant and myself.
I just point out that the tenant is responsible for any fines the City issues and that seems to solve the problem. --76.242.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Jack Wilson [IL]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 5:39 PM
I have someone who mows the lawns. I factor the cost into the rent --24.14.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Karen G [WV]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2021 10:12 AM
If it's a single dwelling unit, I require the tenant to mow the grass and trim. In my Multi-units, I do the mowing. Those units have large fields that requires a tractor to mow. I don't expect a tenant to buy a tractor. If the single dwellings don't mow then I mow and charge $35-$50 depending on the size of the yard. That usually gets them out mowing. Problem solved! --98.236.xx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by JO [SC]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2021 10:02 PM
Can rarely find a reliable gardener or mower in SC to do this work for $80-100 per month per house if they have tools and decent equipment. The grass, weeds, shrubs and trees grow like crazy in this area. How specifically do you locate these people? Help is needed immediately! Thanks. --96.33.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by MJ [IA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2021 11:41 AM
Wow, found the responses here interesting especially in those instances where the property is a single family home. In Iowa, a housing provider and a tenant can negotiate those services that a tenant may perform vs the housing provider. It should be addressed in the lease but it's also fairly common knowledge that if one lives in a single-family home, the tenant is responsible for lawn mowing, weed pulling, snow shoveling, etc., while those who reside in multi-family (even a duplex) buildings are not responsible for such. However, the owner-tenant can still negotiate with a tenant to deal with lawn care and snow removal (best to have a separate agreement between owner-tenant regarding those exterior duties a tenant may undertake by contract rather that simply offsetting the rent by a comparable rent - although some housing providers do that at their own peril as judges are adamant that rent should not be offset for such services and such matters are handled under separate contract). And in the case of condos/townhouses, it depends on whether there is an association that handles the exterior work or in zero lot line situations, the matter is treated like single-family home.
While it certainly is a housing provider's decision to increase the rent and provide the services or have the tenant handle the work. Tenants who reside in a single family home frequently live in such housing because they want the privacy of being in such. I am clear with tenants from the beginning what the expectations are and if a tenant is not taking care of exterior conditions, the tenant receives a 7 Day Notice of Lease Violation and are required to correct. I will send a second non-compliance notice with NO right to cure if the situation occurs again within 6 mos and then I will go to a 3 Day Notice to Quit and boot the tenant.
I am straightforward on this issue because I can't increase the rents sufficiently to offset the cost of lawn care and snow removal by including such in the rent.
I also am clear that community governments in our area send very strongly worded language that the proeprty is out of compliance and outlines the costs of the city taking care of lawn care and snow removal when a property owner or a tenant fails to comply with city requirements. I give the tenants a choice - take care of the situation yourself or you will face a substantial fine from the city beginning with a $300+ administrative charge right off the top and then hourly charges, disposal charges, etc. Thus, I suggest using city ordinances to your advantage in the instance a non-compliant tenant regarding exterior conditions. I also remind the tenant that the tenant lives in a nice neighborhood and that neighbors will complain to me and the city if the tenant isn't taking care of such issues which will lead to consequences that can be very expensive. --50.83.xx.xxx
Letter to ten mow yard (by Bob Moorehead [CO]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2021 9:24 AM
Why do owners assume everyone wants to mow the lawn? We used to, too. Now we give applicants an option on the application to have management hire a lawncare service for an extra set monthly fee. In the lease we added a clause that if they don't take care of the lawn to management's satisfaction then management will activate the optional clause at resident's expense. Changing our assumption has worked well. --162.142.xx.xx
Letter to ten mow yard (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2021 11:37 PM
A comment: When Wifey and I first set up house by renting from my Dad, I counted it great joy to buy a mower at an auction and mow MY yard myself. It was just a small patch but really felt like I had arrived! Talk about being domesticated!
Residents: My lease is clear: Res is responsible for all mowing and bushed must be trimmed in the Spring and again in the Fall. (we keep the bushes to a minimum)
They hear this at Lease Orientation before they get the keys.
Spring just hit big time in Central Indiana so the grass is growing like CRAZY - 3-4 inches higher over the weekend. Wifey has mowed OUR yard 4 times in the past 2 weeks.
We text them a reminder "We noticed your grass is too long. If the city see it, they charge you $275 to mow. We suggest you do it in the next 24 hours, before the city sees it. Remember, all fines go to the resident."
We USED TO say we would mow it for $100 24 hours from this notice but I decided we have bigger fish to fry.
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