I consider myself a good property manager – and a good landlord – considering I have a property management company, but I also own several of my rentals and manage them independent of the company. I treat folks nice – tenant or owner - problems get fixed – big small, doesn’t matter – my motto is “Happy Tenants – Happy Owners.”
So, when I get calls, let’s just say, that sound like “entitlement” calls – it’s time to remind the caller about a few things.
Here are what those calls might sound like:
“Thanks for getting that plumbing and drywall fixed but I don't like that matte finish paint. Can you repaint?”
“I am taking my girlfriend on a vacation this month so I won’t be able to pay rent until a week from now – I’ll call you when you can pick it up.”
“Thanks for not raising rent, but I’ll only sign another lease if you pay for a landscaper.”
If you want to split hairs with your landlord, remember, we can split them right back. Here are a few ways we can:
Your relative/friend been staying with you for the past month or so? Guess what your lease says about that?! Can’t – must go or sign a lease.
The business you are running out of the spare bedroom – the one that allows you to work from home? Guess what? Not allowed under the terms of your lease.
Car leaking oil in the driveway or garage? Guess what? Oh yes, not only do you have to clean it up – you’ll have to fix your car before you can park it on the property again.
And guess what else? We can raise the rent and charge fees for pets you did not tell us about.
Just a little reminder – if you have a good landlord, be grateful. And if you are a good tenant, continue being one – it’s a give and take and everything works both ways!
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 .