Comment 80627

By TDR (registered) - website | Posted September 06, 2012 at 14:33:44 in reply to Comment 80614

I agree with what you’re saying, absolutely. But I don’t think landlords should have to put up with deliberate damage and extreme negligence. Perhaps you have indeed been lucky so far. You’ve maybe never had tenants smash windows, tear down fixtures, spray-paint walls, let their pets defecate or vomit and not clean it up, infest the property with pests, etc.

You may also be fortunate never to have had a tenant who refuses you admittance for your inspections, or takes far less than a year to do damage. Some tenants object most strenuously to visits from their landlord.

Let me be absolutely clear here. I don’t let my properties slide. Like I said in the article, I’ve been doing this for over a decade now and I’ve had great tenants and I’ve had absolute bums. Every property we own was in terrible shape when we bought them (sometimes from slum landlords, sometimes from bum owner-occupiers), and all are much, much better now.

I don’t think tenants should get a pass on trashing the place just because they’re paying my mortgage. That’s not a healthy relationship.

Comment edited by TDR on 2012-09-06 14:34:46

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