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Jeffbones, Home Buyer in Frisco, TX

When renting a home, what should the renter expect in addition to rental payment. Utilities of course, but what about lawn care, fertilizer, HOA...

Asked by Jeffbones, Frisco, TX Wed Aug 3, 2011

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You would want to read your lease agreement as this will dictate what you are responsible for. Typically lawn care (mowing the lawn) and all utilities are tenant's expense. HOA is typically landlord's expense.

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Usually this is mentioned in your agreement that you sign before you're a tenant. I would take a look at yours and see if you're responsible or not. There are a lot of fertilizers you could throw down on your grass though. Whether it's your responsibility or not, it's better to have a green lawn than a yellow one.…
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This is outlined in the lease. Each lease can be different, but I would think:

Lawn Care
Pool Care
Basic maintenance like batteries, light bulbs, window screens and anything you toilet stoppages.

Owner normally should pay for any issues with the structure or performance of the house like broken AC, Heat, Water Heaters, Roofs. Owner would also normally pay for HOA, but not violations of HOA rules.

Hope this helps.

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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Each property will be different. Your landlord will determine what is expected and it will be outlined in the lease agreement. Most will require you to maintain the yard and water the lawn and plants. HOA is not the responsibility of the tenant.

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if its single family you are responsible for all exterior maintanance and utilities. They will pay HOA
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Renter single family home YOU are responsible for lawn, pool, watering and etc.

HOA is covered by the property owner
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Negotiable. But, I've been helping owners rent their homes for quite a while, and I've found that renters don't care for things they don't own as well as the owner does. We roll in the cost to maintain the yard, including the weed/feed, fertilizer, and HOA dues averaged into the rental. Also, consider that as a renter, you are probably paying the entire PITI (mortgage principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) amount, and a little bit of profit margin to make it worth the owner's while to rent out the home. Double security deposits are very popular right now (and first and last month's rent, like in the old days), because the owner is just as concerned that the renter will leave without completing the rental term as the renter is that the owner won't pay the house payment. It's an uncertain, and expensive, time in our rental market.
Have a blessed day!
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It all depends on the type of property, location, and landlord. I have own a rental property where the lawncare is included in the HOA - which I pay. But, the yards in the development are all pretty small. With most single family homes with a front and back yard, the renter is expected to maintain it.

This is always negotiable with your landlord, but it will likely raise your rent if you don't want to take care of the yard/shrubs. The rental price most likely has the HOA rates built in if there is a community pool or playground.

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The earlier answers provide good information. I would only add that many leases require you to have 'renter's insurance'. The owner will have a homeowner's policy that covers the house itself.

All my best,
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The lawn care would depend upon the agreement you have with the landlord and if they have someone else responsible for the care.
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It depends on the landlord. Some include yard maintenance in the rent, some do not. If you want the landlord to take care of the yard that can usually be negotiated. The HOA is almost always paid by the landlord. Landlords are a very diverse group. hey can be an individual, an investor, or a property management company. There is no "standardized" model for them, it's a case by case basis.
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