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Rental Property Update

November 5th, 2011 at 02:25 pm

What a mess! The renters left the house and yard full of trash! I was so upset when I got over there. I kind of expected it but it kind of hurt my feelings, as strange as that sounds. I was good to them and this is how they treated me. Very upsetting.

I spent the morning trying to change the locks. I say trying because no matter what I did, I couldn't get the two parts to hook up. I eventually called my handy man(more on him later) to come put the deadbolts in. He charged me $20.

I got a card off the bulletin board at ACE hardware for Handy Harold. I used him to come take out my garbage disposal at my house. So I called him and asked him if could clean up the trash at the old house. I was expecting it to be around $200. He said that he would do it for $125. Score! He is coming on Tuesday to get rid of all the trash.

I need to make arrangements to have the carpets cleaned and will try to get that done this week. I will then spend next Saturday cleaning the house. Shouldn't take too long. Just mopping the kitchen and bathrooms.

Since I don't have the money to pay for all of these things that have to be done, my sister is loaning me the money to get the house back up to snuff. I will pay her back when I get a renter in the house.

I was supposed to show the house at 11, 12 and 1 today. The 11 and 12 didn't show up and the 1 was kind of rude. Not sure I want him in the house. Then someone else that had been there yesterday called me and wanted to see the house again. So I went and let them in. Seems very promising. They have to move by Thanksgiving. They were in their last place for 14 years and only moved because it was sold. So they seem like they could be long term rentals. I just got a good feeling from them. I sure hope they take it.

I will keep you updated.

7 Responses to “Rental Property Update”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Fingers crossed for long term and on time payment renters. I'd make sure to call their previous landlord, if they choose your place.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    On some level I think you are blessed they left quickly and willingly. (I know it sucks what you are going through, but could easily be even worse - the eviction process can often be pretty nasty).

    I think it's good you told them to leave, and that they actually listened. (To look on the bright side!). BUT, I am sorry for what you are going through. I'd think it would be hard not to take it personally.

  3. Jerry Says:

    This is not a surprise, but at least they are OUT and hopefully you can lead yourself (and your property) into the future with better renters. Good luck with everything and I hope that you have some insurance that this new family works out for you!

  4. snafu Says:

    If you plan to rent this unit long term, it's worth running a credit check on a potential tenant. At the very least ask for a letter from their employer know they were evicted and why. Glad they left without causing serious damage.

  5. baselle Says:

    Fingers crossed for you - especially on those possible long term renters (the ones coming in). To re-iterate what snafu said, I would run some sort of check on the ones coming in, at least to see if their story checks out. A good renter would expect that check; its the skezzy ones that get upset - they know that the jig is up if you do.

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I am happy you had a peaceful resolution to the situation with your tenants. That could have gotten pretty ugly.

    Just an idea. When your new tenant moves in, maybe you could spend a little time going over your expectations - rent paid on time, house kept clean, etc. This seems pretty obvious, but some people just don't seem to realize how much their actions impact others. Having it also stipulated in a rental agreement also makes them legally responsible.

  7. HouseHopeful Says:

    I agree with previous posters about being a stickler in the rental agreement. Unfortunately, people don't always take care of others' property. You have to plan for the worst & hope for the best. I am glad your old renters moved quickly - an eviction process would have really been costly given that you need the rent/have no cushion for cases like that.

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