I've had a tenant in this property for 2.5 months and they are requesting sod in the yard. This property had some minor flooding issues 6 months ago, so we put in a drainage system + river sand in the yard to prevent water from getting to the house. The tenant is complaining that the sand gets muddy and their dog brings it into the house, and therefore is requesting sod. I feel like this is a valid request and am happy to put sod in the yard.
When you've had these types of request from tenants, do you ask for anything in return (i.e. agree to a longer lease, agree to some type of penalty if they don't care for or damage the sod, etc?)
I would probably ask for a lease extension to justify the investment. "Would you be willing to extend your lease a year at these terms, then putting sod in is worth it to me, I want to help I just don't want to do something if you are moving out in 3 months etc"
@Jane Ng on a SFH rental I would encourage the tenant to take care of items like that.
They rented the property with that area that way so however this does seem like it needs addressed. Sod is expensive though have you looked into laying grass seed to cut down costs.