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Old 02/11/13, 02:31 PM
 
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There are so many threads on bad tenants, that makes me appreciate ours so much more. They nice, pay rent on time and cause no problem. They even put up with us raising the rent a little bit with new lease (we had to because we needed to replace rotting floor in the kitchen).
Current situation is that during high wind a branch fell off the tree and severed the power line that goes from a pole in our back yard to neighbors. The tree is dead and needs to cut down. I would like to keep the trunk and larger branches cut up into smaller pieces for future projects instead of having three services taking it to the dump. My MIL does all of the "property managing" for us and she thinks that it would be rude to leave tree pieces in the backyard, because in her opinion during duration of the lease that backyard "belongs" to our renters. If it is not OK to store things in the house it is not Ok to store them in the backyard even if a pile of wood would be neatly stacked out of the way at the back of the property.
Second thing, is that we are paying 70 a month for storage and for the same monthly payment we could have a small shed build and move our things in there.
Would going ahead with my ideas make us into bad landloards? What is considered appropriate and what is not?

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Old 02/11/13, 02:39 PM
 
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I agree with your MIL.

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I also agree with your MIL. Your tenants rent the property and deserve their privacy...

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All you can do is ask them, if they are cool with it and it is not an imposition on them.. I don't think it's rude to ask.. you could always offer to knock 20/mth off the rent

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Agree with MIL.

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Yes, I agree with your mother in law -

It might depend on the renters and your relationship with them. We always, though, considered the property 'their home' and never wanted them to feel otherwise.

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I also agree with MIL, although I don't think it would hurt to ask whether it would bother them to have wood stacked. Asking to put a storage shed there, imo, would be pushing it.

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Old 02/11/13, 03:21 PM
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being a renter, if my LL asked, I'd be fine with letting him leave it.. but if he just did it, I wouldn't be too happy.. .

I'd never do that to a renter... I'd ask them...

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Old 02/11/13, 03:22 PM
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Oh.. I'd draw the line at a shed... If it was mine to use, then OK, but if you wanted it there to store your stuff.. no way... unless you want to take a nice big shunk of change off my rent... I also wouldn't want you coming and going to your shed as you pleased...

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Old 02/11/13, 03:43 PM
 
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Thanks for input.
You know it is hard to let go of the idea that it is your home when you rent it out to someone else.
We already have some of our garden stuff in the "chicken coop", but it was there from the beginning and agreed upon that they do not use it. So maybe what ever fits in there will be kept in there as well.

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years ago we rented a small acreage. had a house, a barn, tack shed, and a large corn crib--the kind with a middle to store a vehicle and the cribs on the sides. also a hog shed. we didn't have plans to use the hog shed, but did have things in the crib. we used it for parking our car as well.

came home one day to some guy filling it up, said he rented it from the owner??! uh, what? he rented it out from under us. then he himself put hogs in the hog pen too. so our nice quiet acreage turned pretty busy pretty fast. and he was a horrible drunk, I hated him around.

if they would've asked, esp starting it with a "if we drop $$ per month in rent, would you mind if joe blow stored his corn here"?, we would've felt a whole lot better about it.

in fact, I'm not even sure if its legal. if you rented that property for X, it includes all that's there unless otherwise stated.

so no, don't do that if these renters have been good.

on the up side, we had a few turkeys we were raising who made themselves at home at that corn crib and were humungous by fall, eating a free for all corn buffet!!

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I agree with simi- we are in a rent house now that has a 20x30 metal garage building across the front yard. The owners decided to keep possecion of it and store things in it. Problem is they come and go to it at all hours and since its in the front yard it really takes away our privacy. We are doing nothing wrong or hideing anything ,its just unconfortable haveing them out there just when ever they decide to get things . If it was on the other side of the 20 acres or even separated by several acres it might be different but not right in front of your yard/house.

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Old 02/11/13, 04:23 PM
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When I first moved from Ga. to Ala. I rented a nice home on 3 acres that had a storage building in the back yard. I got so tired of the lady coming and going from that storage building and always stopping to "chat" no matter that I had to be at work, or was taking my dog for a walk, etc.

I got no break on the rent so when the lease was up, I moved to a smaller house on five acres with a garage that was MINE to store MY stuff in and paid a $100. less in rent. Good deal for me!

I really did feel like I had no privacy with the lady coming and going all the time - she stored Christmas, Easter, Halloween, fall decorations and spring decorations in that building and man, she was in and out of it weekly.

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Old 02/11/13, 04:28 PM
 
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I agree with simi- we are in a rent house now that has a 20x30 metal garage building across the front yard. The owners decided to keep possecion of it and store things in it. Problem is they come and go to it at all hours and since its in the front yard it really takes away our privacy. We are doing nothing wrong or hideing anything ,its just unconfortable haveing them out there just when ever they decide to get things . If it was on the other side of the 20 acres or even separated by several acres it might be different but not right in front of your yard/house.
I am sorry that you feel invaded by your ll.
We would be overseas for next 13 months anyway, so there would have been no traffic on their territory and when our in laws need to go there to work on the house they always work out a timing with our tenants.
Some of you have mentioned that I might have to offer them some $$ off the rent, well, their rent is low for the house already, as our intention was to find decent renters quickly to basically cover our mortgage and allow us to do repairs on the house. We are really are not making any money. And when work was done on the flooring they paid half a rent to cover up for inconveniences. But of course they knew when they rented that we would be repairing flooring as soon as we could do it.
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We rented a house once in Arizona and woke up one morning to the sound of voices in the walled and gated backyard. A couple had trash cans and fruitpickers and were busily denuding the orange tree in the back yard. They announced that the landlord had given them permission and they were quite put out when we told them to leave.
The landlady there was a "general's wife" and we lived in a town near an air force base. She was quite used to renting to air force families and throwing her weight around so she was apoplectic when we insisted that outside doors that didn't lock weren't going to fly.

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I have a storage shed and lots of my junk at the place I rent out but it works for us I'm sure if I had others living there they might not like it.

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