I do not have the temperament for it. I just toured my rental and was sickened by the state of it. I hate people.
That's why I stopped renting out my apartments too.
I agree - I always wanted my security deposit back, and like you I'd have been embarrassed to leave a dirty mess. (The Girl Scout in me always wants to "leave things better than I found it")I'm always amazed at this. Haven't we all rented at some point in our lives? And did we completely trash the place and leave it a wreck? Of course we didn't. I always wanted that security deposit back, plus I didn't want my landlord to have bad feelings about me. So I'm surprised at the number of renters who *do* live like garbage and trash their home - there seem to be so many of them and every landlord I know has horror stories to tell.
You've been looking in my windows, haven't you?There isn't any pride in keeping a nice house anymore, either. I would imagine it's worse if the house is not their own. Cleaning is a lost art with most poeple these days, ...
I regret that we didn't go this route. When the lease is up on the townhouse we own, I'm going to insist on a management company after what we've been through with the house in Waldorf.I did my own landlord gig for a few decades. Now I have turned it all over to paid management. My phone never rings. For me it's money well spent for management fees. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
O-m-g.Current house in Waldorf: She told us we could pick up the keys at house on Sunday (we kicked her out for non-payment, she went willingly). I drove by the house on Thursday and there was a 24' Ryder out front so I called my husband and told him he'd be pleased to know they really were moving out. On Saturday she called to tell my husband where she'd leave the key if he couldn't be there when they were done. Sunday afternoon, he drove up to change the locks and see what needed to be done before we painted/replaced carpeting.
THIRTY ONE HUNDRED POUNDS OF DOG FECES, BROKEN FURNITURE AND TRASH. That doesn't include the yard waste. The pile of furniture in front of the house was as tall as the house and included mattresses full of black mold and maggots. Black mold under all of the carpets. A $500 lien on the house for non-payment of water/sewage. All appliances trashed. We're done, too. Fixing it and selling.