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Spray All The Oust You Want – It Won’t Hide All The Evidence!

Interim property inspections are happening this week in Tucson for KGC Properties tenants!  All but one tenant happily agreed to the date and time selected based on my schedule.  But that one, and there is always that one, “Ummmm, could you give me a week to get ready?” 

I’ve done this long enough to know why tenants need a week to get ready for inspections, but I ask anyway.  Listening, I agree, make a note that says, “pay extra, extra attention” and smile.

Smiling because, most landlords have been doing this long enough to know, that if you need a week to get ready (unless you really have a good reason), it doesn’t matter how much Oust you spray, how much stuff you get rid of, how hard you try, some evidence is usually overlooked, and here’s what we end up finding anyway:

  • Unauthorized pets
  • Junk motor vehicles (even if you move it temporarily - we know the signs)
  • People living in the home not on the lease
  • Smell of smoke
  • Damage that is being covered up
  • Evidence of illegal activity
  • And much more!

We can’t give up what tips us off and what we look for – but just know, even though it’s not 100% perfect, 9 times out of 10, if you are doing something that isn’t agreed to in your lease – we’ll find out – if not at the scheduled inspection, not too long afterwards.

Best advice for tenants getting ready for property inspections:

  • Make sure the house is clean
  • If you have “things” or people that are there – but not supposed to be – be prepared to discuss it, take the consequences and work something out with the landlord (if it’s legal)
  • Same applies if you are doing something in the home, like smoking, that you aren’t supposed to be doing – just own up and address it.

Instead of trying to "oust" things and spending your time figuring out how to get away with something, be upfront with your landlord.  Will you be able to work everything out?  Depends on what it is, but it’s best to be honest, make some effort, and know that most times, things can be worked out.

 

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This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are  presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions.    Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .

 

Comment balloon 8 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • February 03 2013 05:56AM

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Good advice for tenants.  

Have an outstanding week.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments when you are out and about.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

Gab,

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on a property manager inspecting a house.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Oh I'm glad I don't have to be a tenant. I'm not sure I could survive without a dog or three.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 5 years ago

Gab.... every time I read one of your landlord/tenant posts, I have a nightmare that night!!!  and I don't have anymore tenants.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 5 years ago

Excellent Post Gabrielle!  It seems to me that Landlords should be holding more than one month rent deposit to take care of damages to the property

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 5 years ago

Just wondering how you prove that there are extra people living in the house

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 5 years ago

GOOD MORNING CHARLES!  There are several ways - usually, beds, toothbrushes, kids backpacks, things like that indicate extra people - all you have to do is count and then ask.  Once it's pointed out - it usually brings out the truth.  Usually, not always.

GOOD MORNING C.LLOYD!  I agree!  Unfortunately, many states have laws about how much can be held, in Arizona, we can only have 1 1/2 months rent in deposit!  

GOOD MORNING B!  One word:  COCKTAIL!  Ahhh...but you have a wonderful, terrific, awesome person living there now right??!!

GOOD MORNING MARTE! Sigh, typically, landlords do not want more than one pet - if any at all.  That is a tough one!

GOOD MORNING RICH!  I think so - it's not fool-proof - but most times yes!

GOOD MORNING ROY!  Soon as I get a new camera - I will!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 5 years ago

There are some apartment communities that I do a lot of work. I once had to do a repair in each of the 152 units, I added a few columns to my spreadsheet for some observations. I noted the units that had signs of pets: litter boxes, cages, toys and such. I don't know if that was a violation of privacy but I passed the list to the manager - many were calls to the office for a talk.  :)

Thanks for the post Gabrielle.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 5 years ago

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