When you start moving tenants into your apartment complexes, the first item on their agenda is going to be personalizing their space and making it theirs. Before you get a giant, blow-up Santa Clause in the common area of your complex, think about what types of personalization is acceptable and what crosses the line.

As a general rule of thumb, you can allow any type of decoration within the apartment (with the exception of anything that damages the apartment itself), but you have to be picky about what to allow in regard to outside decoration.

Why Should You Worry about Your Tenants’ Decorations?

Your rental properties are essentially constitute a business. When you own a business, you need to make sure that the company’s reputation and appearance is clean and well kept. If it isn’t, you will see fewer patrons. In the same way, you need to make sure that your properties look like good places to live from the outside.

Here are some decorations that might distract from the livability of your rental properties:

  • Door decorations (such as wreaths)
  • Christmas lights and other holiday decorations
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Window posters
  • Wind chimes
  • Patio furniture

Remember that any decorations your renters put up will reflect on your rental properties’ livability one way or another. However, before you outlaw all outdoor decorations and put that in the lease of every tenant, make sure you balance giving your tenants freedom with keeping uniformity. After all, you need to keep them happy to prevent vacancies.

Need Help Determining How Your Leasing Agreement Should Be Written?

If you are at odds with whether to allow outdoor decorations and how you would enforce such rules, consider getting a property manager for your Utah rental properties. Having a property manager can help you maintain your passive income while preventing you from putting in too much effort to make it worthwhile. For more information about Utah property management, call Keyrenter today at (844)-KEY-RENT!