Can tenants participating in a residential lease option renovate/remodel the property?

For example, if a 2 BR, 1 bath home is fine now but the tenants have a baby and would like to build an additional master bedroom and bathroom.

Asked on November 29, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, tenants do *not* have the right to renovate, modify, extend, etc. a rental property--even if they are leasing with the option to buy--without the permission of the landlord, which should be in writing; and the landlord may  withhold such permission at will if the he/she chooses, or else put any conditions on it (such as in regards to the right to approve, specifying contractors or how the work is done, etc.) as he/she likes. You have to own property to have the right to modify, etc. it at will.


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