I have to say that I can understand all points being made here. There’s two sides and both make sense. I think that leaves it to the individual to make his/her own decision re: his/her property.
However, I’m going to toss in my .02 worth here as well. There’s a fine line between protecting your property/other tenants/infrastructure/whatever and just being a control freak. Most entrepreneurs are strong minded and opinionated… that’s how/why we get into these messes… um, er, projects/businesses/etc. Many are just plain control freaks, and most of the time that works in their favor, however, not always. Give thought to what REALLY matters and what’s not so important afterall that you could make concessions on to keep tenants happy.
Here’s a thought… Happy tenants rarely create problems. Isn’t that what we all want? Fewer problems?
I rented a 3/2 L/H for over a year to HAPPY tenants and they didn’t bug me, didn’t create problems, didn’t tear up the property. The only reason they left was they couldn’t make ends meet here cuz the jobs are so scarce now. They moved back “home” to AZ.
Why were they happy in my property? I didn’t bug them and I let them have their babies… 6… yes that’s SIX large Rottweilers, plus 2 litters a year of puppies. Now, this was a struggle for me because I hate breeders, however, I kept an open mind and found out these people had excellent breeding stock, took very good care of them, and were very conscientious about who they sold to and followed up afterward, etc., etc… I was amazed, honestly. The dogs also never ran loose…never.
But 6 Rotts? Yup. Wanna know what damage there was to my property when they left 13 months later?? There was one damaged piece of trim (which I can’t really even attribute to a dog) and one hole in the back yard that I have to fill from a dog digging. The carpet is stained but guess what? It was carpet that needed replacing before they moved in (I just cleaned it and hoped I could rent the unit out without replacing the carpet, which I did)… and the stains are from sodas… not dogs. They had 2 teenagers and their friends who came over… and I’m sure that’s where the majority of the dirty carpet came from. Guess what? I go rent a rug doctor again, spend about $50 and my carpet will be equal to what it was when they moved in. $5 on trim and we’re set.
The point is people that are fairly responsible generally make good tenants if you can make them happy. If you put your mind to it, if you treat people with respect, you can generally work something out to make both of you at lease semi-happy.
Make an effort to try to understand your tenants and it will take you very far in this business.
I just approved a tenant yesterday that 99% of you would have flatly refused because he has a criminal record. He was thoroughly interviewed, every thing he said was verified and scrutinized and he was even required to take an on-the-spot drug test. His attitude, the way he spoke, the things he said, his body language…all that indicated he was someone who was well on the road to being a different person than he was when all the bad stuff happened.
The guy was so happy last night when we finally got all the information verified and decided to approve him… that when I called him to tell him, he choked up on the phone. THIS is the break this guy needs to get his life back and he knows it. No one else would rent to him. I intend to sell the property to him over the next 10 years or so. There are 2 other people who will live with him, the other 2 are both deaf and collect SSI. The young man (28) who has the record is going to college to study horticulture and is obviously thrilled about it. He’s going to do FREE landscaping on the property. They’re going to make specific improvements to the home itself that I request along the way. They’re now doing all the cleaning it needs (I never even had to rent the carpet cleaner), and talking about buying paint and painting the interior themselves (it doesn’t need it, but why do I care if they want to paint it?? I’ll choose the color, of course.)
Tenants are people, too. One thing I try hard to remember is that NO ONE… and I mean absolutely NO ONE chooses what family they’re born into, or the economic climate at the time or status of their family. ANY single one of us could have been born in exactly the same circumstances our tenants find themselves in. If I were in their place, I’d want to rent from me… and that’s what let’s me sleep at night and not worry about whether little Princess is peeing on my carpet or not. Who gives a flip… it’s just carpet… and as long as I keep Princess’ parents HAPPY… I’LL NEVER have to clean that carpet anyway because they’ll never leave!
As for fencing… I like my privacy, too. I definitely understand the tenants perspective. To me, it’s no big deal as long as I can make sure it’s done properly and does no harm to infrastructure, or any thing else. Who cares?? It’s just a fence.
Okay, I’ll stop now.