In the next three months I will be moving out of my home and start renting it out. It's a 3bed 2 bath SFH in a suburb of Austin, TX
I was wondering, in the area, is the water bill included in the rent? When I lived in an apartment back in 2010 I remember the water bill was a fixed amount every month, how does that work for SFH rentals?
On that same note, who takes care of the lawn and trees? My property has a BIG backyard and four very nice trees. Is it usually the tenant? a big chunk of the water bill in the summer is the watering of the lawn and trees.
Thanks for any help!
@Jorge Avitia Generally, I would have the tenant pay for all utilities during the lease. You can also draft clauses regarding how you would like the landscaping maintained. If you want to require a specific amount of watering and pruning, you will want to include that in the lease.
Hey, I can answer any of your questions on this. The short answer is... As the owner, you make the rules.
However the most common in the area is:
Tenant is responsible for water and lawn, owner is responsible for tree trimming.
Let me know if you want to set up a 15 min call... Www.calendly.com/rent-my-home
@Jorge Avitia on a single family rental all of that is the responsibility of the tenant. Multifamily is different and water is rarely separate and landlord takes care of lawn maintenance.
@Jorge Avitia Tenant pays all the utilities including but not limited to Water, Electricity, Gas, Internet, Garbage, Phone etc.. You can put the same in the lease clause. You can do the same for the lawn as well. However, i have seen some landlord does the Lawn maintenance by engaging their own lawn maintenance contractor, and bundle this as part of the monthly rent. This strategy would allow to keep an eye on the property through their know lawn maintenance contractor on behalf of the landlord.