#22 May 5, 2014
Post the names so we know who to avoid.
#23 May 29, 2014
Per the original post, even before the internet I had always thought that some sort of Landlord association could be formed at the local level, one of their activities could be to maintain a list of problem tenants (they could also require landlords be professional to be part of the group.) You would need to get a lawyer's opinion on how to maintain suich a list to avoidd lawsuits. Really there is strength in numbers and knowledge can be shared as well as techniques in screening applicants, the best contractors, tax issues and evicting the trouble tenants. I've been both a good tenant and a good landlord, it is a two way deal. Personally if I got back into rental properties, it would be commercial. If I did get back into apartment renting, I'd have no interest in lower end housing, or to renting to anyone not employed. Society just seems to be tanking especially quick at the lower income bracket, personal responsibility and respect for others' property do not seem to be on the agenda. I'd require references from 2 prior landlords AND the employer, security deposits, and i'd likely invest in credit checks, even background checks by a PI, although if I was in the business I'd learn to do them myself. Most data is held publicly, it is just (well worth it) research. finally, a strong Landlords association could let candidates know they are united and will vote as a block in their interests.
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