Q: If you give your renter permission to put up a privacy fence can they tear it down when they leave?
They have a dog and our chain link fence at the property couldn’t hold their dog in so they asked t put in the fence. We never had an agreement to take money off rent or anything I am just wondering if they can tear it down? If so doesn’t our chain link fence need to be there still then?
A: Parties to a lease can have a provision that states that whatever approved 'improvements" are made by a tenant, must be removed if they are not permanent fixtures or attachments. It is common that permanent fixtures - such as a fence- that have been approved by the landlord, remain with the property. See Provenresource.com for more information.
A written agreement would be most helpful in this matter; otherwise, the terms in your lease would be controlling. Fortunately, those general provisions would favor you: any permanent / structural changes to the property generally stay with the property.
Do you like the fence? To clear the air and eliminate future risk (e.g., they tear the fence down and don't put a new one up), why not work out an agreement with them now?
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