We own a rental unit in adult community, occasionally will go over to take care of flower beds and bushes, Are we required to notify or get permission from tenant before doing?
Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion or advice but informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which New Jersey or Federal law apply unless otherwise specified.
Generally, these types of things are addressed in the lease. Look at the lease and see if it gives you the right to do so. If the lease is silent on this point then you want to make sure you address it with the tenant and either amend the lease to include same now and make sure it is in the next lease.
Assuming that the rental premises includes the grounds outside the unit, it probably would be appropriate to give notice. It may also depend on what is going on. For example is one thing to have a lawnmower guy come over once a week to mow the lawn. It is something else where you are talking about major landscaping work that will disrupt the enjoyment of the property by the tenant.
Given the fact sensitive nature of this discussion, it would be worth your while to discuss with an attorney. Most attorneys will offer a free initial consultation.
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