LANDLORDS! They are the absolute worst, aren’t they? All they want is your money, your hard earned money. How dare they!?
Well, I’m not hear to agree or disagree. But I am here to tell you what it looks like from my perspective in the realm of residential rentals.
The “American Dream” is to own your own house. Or so we are told. Sure, you buy a house but who actually owns it for the next 15-30 years? The bank. The best part of owning your own house is that you get to build up equity into something that you hope retains or gains in value. But, you pay a downpayment, you pay interest, you pay taxes, you pay for maintenance, you pay electric bills, gas bills, water bills. You mow the lawn or pay someone to mow the lawn. You paint the house or pay someone to pain the house. You landscape or pay someone to landscape. You fix the plumbing or heating or pay someone to fix it. You roof the house or pay someone to roof the house.
So, why is renting a good option? Sure, you pay money to a service provider you will never see that money again. But that service provider covers ALL those issues and costs. It’s not a perfect system, but it works. And as a landlord, we rely on you to make timely payments. That’s it.
So, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…what’s that all about? Well, I think you can categorize properties and their landlords into these three categories.
The Good: New construction, decently well kept, little to no maintenance required. Quick to get work done in your particular unit.
The Bad: Dilapidated and no help in sight. A landlord who does nothing. Let’s the property go to shite. Or a slumlord.
The Ugly: Help is on it’s way. The property is probably over 100 years old and over time has had a dozen owners, all of which did the bare minimum. A landlord who gets things done quick, puts his money back into the property to keep it structurally sound while also realizing there is a lot of work to be done but everything can’t be budgeted and dealt with at once. But no one likes him or her.
Where does your landlord fall? And recognize that sometimes things just can’t always be done your way. But you need to keep constant and open communication with your landlord because chances are you aren’t the only tenant, unit, property, business, life issue they are dealing with. If you keep in constant contact on a particular issue it won’t get brushed aside. That’s the key. KEEP IN CONTACT. Sure, you may be annoying but it’s the best way to keep work on schedule. Ask the landlord how much it would cost, when it could be done, where it is on their list of priorities. To you, it may be the end of the world, to them they may have bigger fish to fry in their lives.
Basically, I’m just trying to say…give peace a chance.