Friday, September 3, 2010


When hubby and I lived on the other side of town for 17 yrs, we was blessed with a wonderful landlord who was also our friend. He had a heart of gold and would do anything he could for ya. He was very lineate with his tenants and at times to a fault. He had some that were just users and fast talkers, they would somehow manage to go months sweet talking their way out of paying rent month after month. Eventually it forced him to get legal on there ass's but he always hated doing it.

He would say..I know what it is like to have hard times and everyone needs a break sometimes. US (us and other friends) would tell him..That is great and all but you can't let these people walk all over you, destroy your property in the process and leave you to deal with unpaid bills.

He was a small time landlord that owned a few trailers, he was retired and thought that this would be a good way to make a small living. He used that rent money to pay his own way and pay on the land, taxes, insurance, ect ect.. He always seemed to find the worst of the worst in fly by night tenants and always suffered for it in the end. If it hadn't been for the few good long term tenants that he had, he would have folded way back when.

Hubby and I once debated the idea of having a tenant in our trailer while we was over the road for them 3 years. Our landlord quickly discouraged it! He said "The hassle of it is overwhelming and the results iffy. You never know how someone is going to treat you, no matter how good you treat them." I was so grateful for his advice. Our trailer may have not been much, but the idea that someone could trash your place out and leave ya hanging was what killed the idea for me.

When we moved over here and with a new landlord, I was worried as to what kind of guy he was. You know, hardcore or nice. Well thankfully he turned out to be super nice and I do consider us to be friends. He brings us fruit and vegetables from his garden and he always compliments me on how well I keep the yard. (thank you brother!) It is nothing more than what I would expect from a tenant, to care about the place you live and to have reverence for the landlord that allows you to live there. I try all I can to not make him regret that decision, even if it means paying brother to come and do the yard for me.

Well the poor man has been going over to the bad neighbors trailer every weekend and yes the busy body in me wondered why. Were they paying by the week or was he struggling to get the rent? I got my answer this morning.

He sat on my porch (as he does every month and talks) and wont have to worry about that dog anymore! Apparently they have been taking advantage of his kindness and are three months behind on their rent, with the ever standing promise that he will get it the next week and so on and so on. Plus an ever growing water and trash bill, that has now exceeded four hundred dollars!

The poor guy is just miffed at how people can treat people like that and not care what it is doing to him and his lovely wife? Not just financially but emotionally too. It's just so sad.

The next step is to see how much damage they did to the trailer. I'm just sure it is trashed out and awful. If their outside is trashy then most likely the inside will be worse. I feel sorry for the man, as to how much money has been lost and how much he is going to have to dish out for repairs before he can rent it out again.

Just the thought of all them starving roaches over there looking for a new home, has me digging in my piggy bank for the money to bomb!! Ants...I can sorta deal with, roaches...NO FRIGGING WAY!!!!!!



rockygrace said... [Reply to comment]

I used to manage an apartment building, and you would not believe the way some people live. Just ... EW.

I don't know what is wrong with some people, that they can live in filth. It's disgusting. Soap is CHEAP!

I sure feel sorry for your landlord, having to clean up that trailer!

kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

Roaches...Blech! Even the occasional water bugs that we get are gross enough. I've seen some of the hoarder episodes and it is so disgusting! Good luck to your landlord. It sounds like he'll need it!

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

Some people have the attitude that if they don't own it, who cares? Hope the damage is not too expensive to repair.

A Valdese Blogger said... [Reply to comment]

Being a small time landlord, where I had to deal personally with tenants, is an occupation I would not like to have. I'm fairly certain I'd fall into the "too nice" category.

shortmama said... [Reply to comment]

Nope no way...cant do roaches!

kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

That is so freakin' sad. I don't know how people can live with themselves when they're like that.

It's a shame that landlords can't be required to check w/former landlords before renting to someone...their next landlord would get an earful, huh?