There are plenty of topics for debate that could arise between landlord and tenant but the subject of parking could cause the most argument. This is particularly the case if your Warner Robins rental property has a narrow space for parking and your tenants have one or two vehicles. You do not want your tenants to get frustrated if cars are sprawled around everywhere so outline the rules about vehicles and parking in your lease document and provide parking solutions for your tenant.
Parking by the Rules
No rental property is created equal. The availability of parking near or around your rental property is a different scenario. Just because your property is large enough, do not assume that there will be no parking issues so you should include parking clauses in your lease agreement with tenants. Most leases indicate the number of vehicles a tenant is allowed to park in a driveway or around your property. Some leases refuse to allow a tenant from parking oversized or recreational vehicles on the property, such as boats and RVs. But since every situation is different, your lease can be stricter than that. Not every neighborhood allows parking on the streets. It is beneficial for the tenants to know the areas where they cannot park such as in the yard, near dumpsters, or on an adjacent property. If you talk about the parking rules and expectations with your tenant, you can most likely avoid conflicts in the future.
Every once in a while, just giving parking rules to tenants proves to be inadequate. Especially when your rental property is in the heart of the city, where parking could be very restricted. Your tenants can still have trouble finding a place to park their vehicles even if your rental is not in the city. In such cases, you have to depend on your creative faculties and find a way to enhance your tenants’ parking options.
If your Warner Robins rental property is a house and there is land around it, then you have several original options to consider. If covered parking or a garage is not available on your property, then adding a carport to it may be a perfect solution. Carports are low-cost undertakings yet they attract tenants like crazy to your rental home. It may even add a few zeroes to your resale value. Covered parking is the stuff that makes a rental happen as renters are really drawn to it. But check the zoning laws in your vicinity before you start the construction project.
If a carport is too large for your rental property and a driveway requires too much space, an ingenious way to create parking space is to create an adjacent paved or gravel area and designate it as a spot for parking vehicles. This area should be adjacent to the property and you just need to keep this very simple. But not at the expense of curb appeal. Your property would lose its appeal to some tenants when your front yard is used as a parking lot. Find other areas around your property instead.
For rental properties with small yards, small driveways, and narrow streets, get your creative juices flowing and come up with good parking solutions. Another recourse might be to rent parking from a neighbor or a nearby parking garage. There might be a property nearby that’s not being used so you can ask the owner to lease it for your tenant’s use. In addition to that, you could ask tenants to store their extra cars somewhere and as an incentive, give them public transit passes effectively bringing the number of cars down inside the property.
Some property owners find attending to their tenant’s needs to be too much. Real Property Management Vesta is professionals whom you can trust to help you with your parking issues. Contact us for more ideas about how you can make your Warner Robins rental property more appealing to renters while still offering what they need to live in comfort.
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