Personal Tips to All Landlords or Tenants

@Jshean20 (14367)
Canada
March 21, 2007 12:45am CST
Well if any of you have read some of my previous posts, you'd know that I'm not having the best of luck with renting. Sure there are laws which apply to both tenants and landlords, but I think sometimes it's important to be ethical too. Whether you're a landlord, tenant, previous tenant or know of some of the stories about renting, please include some tips for renters and or landlords. As a tenant, one of my tips would be: - Give your tenant atleast two days of notice before bringing prospective tenants through the unit. Also, give a very specific time for when you'll be showing people through. I recently got a letter from the landlord here stating that she'd be bringing people through the unit between 1PM and 8PM...that's a lot of hours!
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@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My daughter is a landlord and has lots of horror stories, but also some very good ones about tentants. Her latest problem tenant is in jail for trying to grow pot in the attic. The lights he was using caught the roof on fire and, although they caught the fire early, it did $100,000 worth of damage. Maybe a tip for tenants might be to not engage in any unlawful activities in the house you are renting.
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@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
That would be a good tip for all tenants..I assume that no one was hurt?
• United States
21 Mar 07
That is a good tip--and it reminds me of time frame that the phone company gives to you--'we will be there between 7am and 7pm'---what are you supposed to do? Wait around all day long? My tip would be *When a tenant calls for repairs to their unit, be prompt about fixing the problem.* I have had landlords who would bust their buns to fix whatever was wrong and I have others who just didn't want to listen to the small problem and then got upset when a big problem occured that could have been avoided. Great topic. I gave you a +
• United States
21 Mar 07
That is the way that it goes when the lanlord does not want to show respect towards the renters. They do have the right with notice to do this....although it may not seem fair to the renter. I was looking to purchase a piece of property that had a house on it that was being rented out and the tenant was being totally unrealistic saying that they were only going to be able to be home to have the house open during the hours of 1-8 pm on Wednesdays! How convienient was that? Not at all for most who work. Needless to say the house was not worth looking at because the tenant did not take care of it inside never cleaning after a cat and etc....a sad story of a out of town landlord who didn't keep a close eye on a renter. Depending on how long in advance the landlord gave you this notice ? ~ I don't see an issue with what your saying. If the landlord was showing the property to several people in one day he/she may have needed that much time. I would say its better than bothering you a couple hours a day for 5 days in a row.... Just my 2 cents!
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Atleast you got fair warning. I once had a knock on the door in the early am, I was still in my jammies. Tip: Always tell your landlord quickly when something breaks down that is the landlords responsibility. Sometimes a fast repair can save money instead of waiting until it gets worse. Tip: If you are renting and have separated and are divorcing both of you are still responsible for the rent and premises, 50/50. I had a tenant move out on me with no notice. She said she left 2 months prior. I could not find him. The judge granted me garnishment of her wages for the rent due and repairs. (Later she had me help her with small claims court to get his share once he had a job, she garnished his wages.) I hope these tips help.