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Aug 27, 2014 11:17AM

Hi, I am a landlord and I am Black, replying to posts that White owners should never rent to Blacks.  In my Florida properties, they were trashed several times.  All the tenants were White.  I understand the general viewpoint, but that is generally a class-thing, not a racial characteristic.  Please be aware and I respect the comments but it's not an all or nothing thing, so readers/owners keep this in mind.


Aug 27, 2014 10:56AM
The  irritating thing is that once you get a gross income of $150K yo can't write off anything anymore.  I provide jobs to landscapers, managers, maintenance people but can't write off any of the losses (just had a $3500 loss due to a fire started by tenants in the garage probably smoking pot).  Meanwhile Mitt Romney is paying 15% as his top tax rate without risking anything.  Our tax system is broken and rigged for the mega wealthy.
Aug 27, 2014 7:51AM
I want landlords to know there are many renters who have self respect and respect for others and would never think of damaging or destroying anything in the apartments rented.  I lived for 11 years in one apartment and when I left I got every penny of my deposit back.  I would never disrespect the property I rent nor my building neighbors nor the landlord. 
Aug 27, 2014 7:29AM

A double edged sword as many on here point out already. There's good landlords/ bad ones, good tenants, terrible ones. My folks had a rental house for years, and I remember overhauling it many times from give a crap slobs. One kid liked to play with matches and we had burn marks on the carpet in his room. We had to repaint, repair I don't know how many times. I had a home in Arizona we couldn't sell for a while, and had to rent it out. They managed to flood the house by a kid playing with the toilet flusher. I got that call Christmas eve!! It's a real pain being an out of state owner.

  On the flip side we had to rent for a while in Oregon. We kept the place clean and in order. I even did small repairs myself that just required a trip to the hardware store. The owners raised our rent like clockwork every January to the point where they were overpriced for the neighborhood. And if you called them for anything, they acted like you were a huge pain in the azz. Owners and renters both need to be aware.

Aug 25, 2014 2:44PM
The best advice is to avoid renting to black at all costs--ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE WHITE! if you are white and are buying properties in black areas to rent to blacks, forget it. You will regret it ten-fold, unless you have a militia-type support system to go into the ghetto to collect your rent, and to visit the rental unit each week to make sure it is being cleaned inside and out, the grass is being cut,  the weeds are getting pulled, nothing is being destroyed, and that the tenants have not moved in 15-20 friends and relatives to help with the rent so that they all can live very cheaply at the landlord's expense. Instead of buying a few ghetto homes and fixing them up, save your money and buy one foreclosed home in a nicer suburb, and rent that out to respectable people, such as people with good jobs who are relocating to that area.  All blacks are the same, and especially if the landlord is white, they resent paying rent because they feel the landlord is getting rich off of them. That is why blacks will tell their landlords they pay rent 'when they get ready to, and nobody gonna tell them when they gonna pay they bills'. Blacks want to live for free, and when they have to be evicted, they get angry, and get back at the landlord by destroying the home so that the landlord has to put out even more money. Just have nothing to do with black neighborhoods and black tenants, and you will have a lot less grief.
Aug 25, 2014 12:33PM
Unless you're one of the folks who is picky over who they do business with, who cares. If you like the rental contract/price/property, rent; if not, don't.

Not a very worthwhile point.

Aug 25, 2014 11:56AM
A large percentage of renters will ruin your property and not pay rent. If you are renting to blacks, that percentage goes up to 100. I was a landlord for several years, renting 3 homes in that cesspool of detroit when I lived near that city years ago. Every single black tenant acted the same, did the same thing and used the same excuses to get out of paying rent. Every single black tenant had to be evicted, and every single black tenant completely destroyed the homes, inside and out. They broke doors and ripped them off of the house, they broke windows, pulled up linoleum and hard wood floors, and gouged all the walls. We will not even talk about the filth, the grease, the bugs and the rodents. The largest house I had, which was 2 family, had to be sold for less than the price of a used car because the tenants destroyed it so badly.  The lazy despicable savages at every house would not even cut the grass, and it grew so long that rats were living in it, but the blacks didn't care.
I have had both good and horrible landlords! One of the worst ones wouldn't listen to me that he had to let me know when he needed to get inside to work on "something." I'd come home to find cabinet contents sitting on my counter (he needed to get to the hot water heater), crappy, unpainted plywood put in place of paneling (he moved the water heater but instead of installing nice shelves or cabinet doors, he put up a piece of used, thin plywood), towels on the floor that he had used to mop up a water spill when he was checking the bathroom sink. One day he came over and cut down 3 nice shade trees simply because he was afraid that lightening would hit them (his nice, expensive house was surrounded by them though). On the day of my father-in-law's funeral, we woke up at 8:00 AM to people walking on the roof (bad circumstances and we'd been up most of the night)!!!  He had decided that some shingles needed to be replaced and told them to come ahead over!  At about the same time that I went outside, his wife pulled up and I made them all leave! She said that they didn't know about my father-in-law and I informed her that regardless of the funeral, they were required to give 24 hours notice! I was so glad to move out of there!
Aug 25, 2014 11:19AM
10 things your landlord won't tell you

By Priya Anand of 

1. Your real landlord might be Wall Street
2 were is the rest of the story? not on my screen.
Aug 25, 2014 11:18AM
No. 11
Your rental property was built over an Ancient Indian Burial Ceremonial Pit and there have been 37 grisly unexplained deaths on that property.
Aug 25, 2014 11:10AM
I like to maintain a healthy relationship between tenants in smaller complexes. When approached by a tenant complaining about another tenant, I always ask if they have personally spoken with that tenant to voice their complaint. 99% of the time, it's no. If I am the first person to approach a tenant regarding an issue, it will seem rather childish in the eyes of the one being complained about and create a more hostile living situation. If a problem persists, I have absolutely no problem intervening but that will be after the tenants attempt to sort out the issue on their own. I'm not your college RA.
Aug 25, 2014 9:35AM

Another anti landlord article....and more lies and falsehoods....One in particular...a landlord is stupid if he negotiates the rent amount or the deposit amount....You dont think that tenant isnt going to run right over to the other tenants and tell them what a good deal he demanded and got??


I know of just a few bad landlords....I know of thousands of bad tenants. If a landlord lets tenants have their way....your property is going to be crap....and when it is the same tenants will complain that your property is crap. Tenants want no rules for them....but they want rules for all the other tenants and the landlord.


Every time an applicant goes into long stories about how many times his past landlords have cheated, he automatically loses approval of his application. And, landlords that dont do background checks or call former landlords are just dumb...


All my rentals are month to month and tenants can move anytime they want. If they are unhappy I want them to move. The apartment was in good condition when you moved in....so whose fault is it that it is crap six months later?

Aug 25, 2014 9:35AM
This comment board is obviously biased toward landlords. MAYBE BECAUSE ALL OF THE TENANTS ARE AT WORK EARNING YOUR RENT, THUS ENABLING YOU TO SIT AT HOME  AND BASH THEM ALL DAY.  The way you limey ****s talk about the very people you rent to...disgusting. You have no shame or remorse. If you dont like the inherent things that come with being a renter...then don't rent. It really cannot be said more simply. Cheers.
Aug 25, 2014 9:33AM
Every place is different.. Been renting the last 6+ years from property management companies to a landlord now. Personally I don't know why someone would rent a house they own for the extra income without doing ALOT of background work first. Like said in a previous comment 30%-40% of those renters are very bad tenants. Though most of the people who complain about small cosmetic things to be fixed in a house probably started looking that day/week and picked the first one they had an appointment with. Research on both parties! 
Aug 25, 2014 9:32AM
Tenants are the worst , The lie steal and will cheat you ....They ruin your property ,,break stuff won't own up to it ..I did it to myself again in June 2014 . I'm so upset ,,they're dirty , they told me how clean they are ..LOL They told me they can do whatever they want as long as they pay the rent .. What mentality is that ??
Aug 25, 2014 9:29AM
Ask all your questions of concern before you sign anything, you can add your questions into the lease agreement as noted agreements as to the landlord providing this and that, if the landlord is not going to do it at negotiation process of the lease, they will certainly not be obligated to do it later after signing if you just assume they will. 
Aug 25, 2014 8:10AM

Landlords never mention the house may have "problems".

Cost me and my wife a $300.00 deposit and another move and deposit on the new apartment...


All states have laws forcing the landlords to maintain their properties.

Aug 25, 2014 7:30AM
How about the worst renters? The laws protect the renter more than the landlords. If you do not pay, we must evict, but only after court and we have spent $200.00 to get them out, and only to have them stay another month, then we must clean it up. If you do not pay for a candy bar, do you get the candy bar?
Aug 25, 2014 6:37AM
Any landlord who rents out a home or apartment unit without running a credit check and finding out the applicant's prior tenancy record is usually going to have trouble.  Landlords get impassioned pleas from people with incredibly bad credit, telling the landlord the problems were not of their making (one of many lies) and that they'll be best tenant he/she ever had (another lie).  Turn a deaf ear to them.  I had a real estate broker who supposedly did due diligence on a couple's application and I rented the home to them.  Had to evict them and, in response they trashed the house.  I found out later the broker had simply pocketed his fee and did nothing to investigate their credit worthiness.  Trust your real estate broker, but make sure to be shown that he or she had actually done the necessary investigative work.  
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