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Old 01-26-2011, 06:40 PM
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Very few rental listings mention what maintenance is included. I'm assuming that with a townhouse all yardwork is taken care of by the HOA and that fee is included in the rent.

But if you rent a single family home with a yard and the property is managed by a property management company, who is responsible for the yard work? And what if you rent directly from the owner who may or may not live nearby???

And are there townhomes that don't have an HOA? I'm definitely looking for a neighborhood with a pool so I'm also assuming that if it has a pool, it has an HOA or who would maintain the pool?
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:48 PM
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good questions that are probably all covered in the lease agreements. read 'em carefully!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:32 PM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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The lease will answer those questions. i would ask the LL or management company when looking. I have single homes that the tenant does all the yard. Thats considered upkeep. Maintenance is done by me, that is repairs.
Every place can be different. Ask before you sign. never assume.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:08 AM
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Hmmm, well, since I specifically don't want to take on any maintenance beyond watering a few potted plants around the patio, I'd rather know before I even look at a place rather than wait until I can see the lease.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:49 AM
Location: Boise, ID
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You definitely want to ask the questions then. Out of our 93 rental properties, which are single family, townhouses, duplexes and one triplex, the tenant is responsible for yard care on 95% of them. Our townhouses are in single family developments, they just happen to have a shared wall, like a duplex. They do have an HOA, but the HOA does not take care of any exterior yard work.

If a townhouse is in a planned townhouse community with an onsite repairman, and with amenities like a pool or clubhouse, the HOA is more likely to take care of yard work.

We have 1 building that the HOA does the sprinklers, mows once a week and weeds 2 times a year. We also have one subdivision where we have 3 single family houses that the HOA takes care of the sprinklers and mowing, but not weeding. The rest of our units, the tenant does everything.

Expect it to vary from place to place, and ask the questions, but in general, apartments you don't do any exterior work, but for anything else, the yard work is fair game. The only way to know is to ask.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:04 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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Per the rental agreement single family home you are responsible for all yard care not the property owner RARE to find any property owner include in rental price Most lawn companies charge approx. $30 per mow lawns services approx. 6 months out of year.

Not all townhome communities have pools.

Best work with Realtor regards to leasing understand contract and obligations.

Security deposit based on credit scores anything above 630 - or + would not require double deposits,

Pet deposit average $300 - $500 large and restricted breds could be declined by property owner.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:16 AM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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It all depends on where you are and what the policies are for each individual properties. In Hawaii, 95% of the sfh w/ yards have a gardener that the owner pays for because gardening here is a lot more than mowing some grass once or twice a month. Condos with "garden lanais" meaning a small area with some paved patio and perhaps some grass or ornamental plantings, the tenant usually maintains. Just ask the PM when you call on an ad.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:19 PM
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I've seen rental homes that include a gardner as often as once a week. And I've seen others where the tennant is reponsible.

TBH, if you are renting a house, you should expect to do some of the yard maintenance. In the instances where the gardner is included, I know that the owners do that simply to protect their investment in the landscaping of the place. IMO if you want no yardwork, you should not rent a house.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:46 PM
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It's all spelled out in the lease. I actually include lawn maintenance in our one property as it is in a nice area and the town is absolutely anal about enforcing violations. Of course, the cost is included in the rent, but the tenant viewed it as a positive, not a negative.
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