Hi, I’m Faye with Residential Property Management in Portland, Oregon. In today’s blog, we will continue our discussion on best practices for tenants who must leave us. This is part two, where we will offer some additional guidance on how best to handle questions that may arise during move out.
Sometimes, we’ll visit a property after a tenant has vacated, and we notice painting has been performed or a repair has been made by the tenant, but the quality of the work is not up to our standards. We do understand the desire to save money by completing work yourself, but please know that if you are painting or making repairs outside of your field of expertise, we are obligated to correct unacceptable work and charge you accordingly. It’s important for you to know that there is always an inherent risk in performing work yourself if you are not a professional in that trade.
If you had permission to remove and store window coverings provided by the landlord in order to put up your own window coverings, you will need to re-install the original window covering prior to vacating. This goes for anything else that you did in the house as well. If you don’t put back what was provided at the time you moved in, we will have those things re-installed by a contractor at your expense. Items such as finish nails and picture hooks in walls are certainly acceptable and expected, but screws, larger nails, anchor bolts or holes will be considered damage, and handled as such.
Sometimes we are asked if a landlord approved, tenant improvement can be left behind, and that answer is always no. Landlords may allow a change while a tenant is occupying the property, but we always want the property returned in the condition it was received. Unfortunately, what one person considers an improvement, another person may not.
So we can’t stress this enough: return the property to the condition in which it was received. When it comes to the yard, please mow the lawn one last time before you leave and weed the flower beds. We are simply looking for the yard to be returned in the same condition that you received it.
If you have any questions about the move out process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Residential Property Management.