Moving into a single family home as a renter in an area where the homes are mostly privately owned can be challenging. Oftentimes you will encounter a homeowner in the area that will report you to the community HOA for violating one or more of the association rules even if you haven’t done anything wrong. The reason for this isn’t because they don’t necessarily like you, it’s because they just don’t like renters in the area. And the reason for this is that they believe having renters in the area will cause their property value to decrease due to neglect of the rental property itself because they expect that the renter will do nothing to maintain or improve the appearance of the property. Unfortunately this scenario is more common than you think. The best way to handle this is to reassure your neighbors that you are not a typical renter. Once you move into your new rental home go out of your way to be friendly with all your neighbors and spend some time working around the outside of your home to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Some inexpensive things to do, while the neighbors are watching, are to rake the lawn, pick weeds out of the flower beds, wash the windows, put down some fresh mulch, trim the hedges, sweep the driveway and whatever you can do that costs little to no money. Of course any major maintenance concerns should be addressed with the landlord or property maintenance company. These are just a few things that you can do to make you noticed as a caring renter and can help to avoid any issues down the road.
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