Comment 80614

By Landlord (anonymous) | Posted September 06, 2012 at 13:33:35

I agree that this article is an excuse to not live up to being a good and responsible landlord and property owner. We have a few rentals in the city. When we purchased them we brought them up to an acceptable standard as previous owners had used them as slum properties. When you choose to own rental properties you should be willing to invest in the maintenance and upkeep, not only to protect your investment but also to ensure that your revenue generating property isn't detracting from the neighbourhood. We visit our properties regularly and do inside inspections once a year. I know landlords in the neighbourhood where I live have not visited their properties in years and the neighbors as well as tenants suffer for it. There is nothing wrong with expecting a little more from a landlord.
We also do a thorough check before we rent to anyone. We've been lucky so far and have had little issue with damage etc. it is the cost of doing business though if you do and not everything has to be passed on to the tenant. After all they are paying your mortgage!

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