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Landlord seeks to uproot bad seed

What to do when tenant secretly sells off shrubs

Q: I am a landlord and we moved across the country three years ago for a new job. I recently returned to the area to attend a wedding, so I took the opportunity to drive by my rental home. I was shocked to find that my tenants had dug out more than 30 mature plants from the front yard and backyard landscaping. The property is now barren! I confronted the tenant and he claimed that all of these plants died and he did me a favor by disposing of them. But I also talked to the next-door neighbor who told me that my tenant had been holding yard sales and selling the plants, shrubs and trees. I am surprised my tenant didn't sell the lawn as sod! The neighbor didn't realize that my rental home wasn't owner-occupied, so she didn't think to call anyone. My lease with this tenant clearly indicates that the tenant cannot make any alterations to the property and that he is responsible for any damage. Fortunately, I did take a full set of photos of the rental home, both inside and out...

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