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Renters Beware! Every place I have rented the landlord tries to get free repairs out of your security deposit that is just taken from the renter.
Several years ago, I rented a home from a police officer whose basement leaked due to foundation cracks. During a rainstorm that plagued the east coast of md. for about a week his basement flooded about 2 feet deep. There had been previous rust stains from where it had flooded before. But the owner kept all of my 800 $ security deposit because I didn't have time to fight the guy because of a transfer.
I recently had to rent again and again lost 880 from a 1667 security deposit. The realtor agent staged photos of a crouton placed on a clearly wiped off table! And placed stuffing from a pillow on the floor that had a gray look to it and said I left dust bunnies. I hired a professional cleaner to clean the place only to have 880 kept from the place I rented.
I then moved to another rental which got foreclosed. The bank is trying to keep my 1500 dollar security deposit. And they are trying to reposes the furniture the rightful owner gave to me in writing in lieu of my security deposit. That was just a totally wrong practice. So I have moved again, only to find out the new place I am living is haunted by a dead dog and a guy that committed suicide. The real estate agent is trying to get the smell out of the carpets.. I didn't know about the guy or the dog til some of the neighbors questioned how they got the smell out. The new agent has yet to fix the dishwasher, monday they are coming out to clean the carpets again..
To the renters I say Buyer Beware and Never Assume. Seek out a good house AND a good landlord.
A renter should look at the home and also the LL. Learn about house things - it's the biggest expense of your entire life. (but this article is a poor resource. It's just a fluff piece.)
Just like anything else in the real world do not be swayed by slick talk. Look around, use your eyes, your nose. Bring your Dad. But remember, condition also determines price. Cheaper rent usually means rougher house.
Ask around and get references on the landlord. A good landlord does certain things, like require an application, do thorough screening, have rules, respect resident privacy... If not, walk away.
I'm amazed when people lease then complain about what was plainly evident before they signed - such as noise, room size, crummy neighbors...You get what you pay for - a cheaply priced home will NOT be perfect.
If the landlord is uncooperative, document your requests for service and his response or lack. If not satisfied after reasonable time, give proper notice and move out.
City inspections are a joke! They drive up costs and just keep more govt workers on the payroll. Why is a rental home charged a registration fee and must pass inspection but nobody has to register an owner occupied home and have IT inspected?
We landlords must know that tenants change while they live in our houses- divorce, lost job, drugs, etc can turn a good tenant bad.
To the guy who paid his rent but the owner lost it in foreclosure - If you want stability and control, that's why people own a home. If you lived in the home and used it, you owe the rent, no matter what some far off bank does. He could have just as easily sold it to someone else and made you move. Sounds like you experienced one of life's inconveniences, but made out OK.
IF YOU WAS A GOOD LANDLORD AND WORKED HARD AND CLEANED UP PROPERTY AFTER PROPERTY TO JUST HAVE IT TORE APART AGAIN YOU WOULD ALSO LEARN TO FIX A PROPERTY JUST GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE NEXT PERSON TO DESTROY IT. I HAVE FORTY PROPERTIES AND SEVERAL VERY GOOD TENANTS BUT ITS SAD I HAVE A 8 FOOT BYE 14 FOOT DUMP BED TRAILER THAT IS USED MORE THEN ANY TOOL WE HAVE. THE LOCAL DUMP KNOWS US BYE FIRST NAME JUST BECAUSE OF HAVING TO CLEAN UP AFTER ALL THE FILTHY PEOPLE. THERE IS ALWAYS TO SIDES TO EVERY STORY I WISH THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE WOULD TRY TO BE A LANDLORD HIMSELF AND DEAL WITH ALL THE GARBAGE AND SEE HIS HOMES GETTING DESTROYED AND HAVING TO FIX THEM OVER AND OVER BECAUSE THEY DON'T RESPECT THEM.
Leave it to MSN to do an attack job on landlords. If they want to be honest they should do some honest articles about renters. They would have content for doing fifty of those for every one negative article about bad landlords. I will agree that there are some bad landlords and often they have just given up trying to keep up the repairs from the gypsy and permanently teenage renters. Talk to almost any landlord if you want to hear some wild stories about renters. But, media and government agencies play to their audience, regardless of the real truth...and that is why I have always turned down interviews with media and avoided government agencies. They will never be on the landlords side and they are not interested in truth or honesty...
Really, if you are going to rent a place, take a close look at things. If you do, you will not find it hard to tell whether or not you have a good landlord. Most of the people who apply with me tell me that mine are the cleanest and best conditioned of all that they have looked at. Make sure that the landlord does background checks...otherwise you just may be living next door to several criminals.
As for the advice of renting through a property management co. I have found that many are lacking in properly looking after your interests. They mainly want to keep the units as full as possible as fast as possible and they are much less motivated with any other aspect. Sure, there are some good ones, but many are not good.
Look closer, that Chimney Pipe is more likely a hot water or stove vent that does need a cap. You can see the slot where cap locks on and tab for holding it in place.