posted on Jun, 30 2020 @ 05:58 PM
a reply to: Bluntone22
Our very first tenants were a nice young couple with a daughter about five years old. They seemed great at first, the only anomaly was that their
daughter was very sickly (asthma we were told) and took several ambulance rides to the hospital. About a year into the lease payments started to be
late, then they stopped altogether. Being new inexperienced landlords (and fairly young ourselves), it took us another year to evict them. After we
finally got them out we went in to find the place completely destroyed by cigarette smoke. No kidding, the walls and ceiling were yellow/brown with
gunk. That poor little girl was choking to death in there, they must have chainsmoked all day every day with all the windows shut. Well, after new
carpet, a deep cleaning, and new paint on the walls/ceiling, we learned our lesson and added a no smoking clause to the lease.
The next tenant was a single mom with a baby daughter. She was fine, very nice, and always on time with the rent. She stayed about three years. The
last year, she seemed a little erratic but still was paying on time. Finally she moved out one weekend without asking for her deposit (red flag). This
time most of the house was ok, a little dirty/messy but then we went into the kitchen. There was trash, rotting food, piles of dirty dishes
everywhere! You could hardly traverse the floor. The cabinets were destroyed, doors missing etc. The stove was beyond repair. We ended up having to
completely gut and re-do the kitchen. When I stripped the walls down to the studs there was about six inches deep of dead cockroaches between them
down at the baseboards.
At that point I would have given up but we decided to try one more time. Luckily, we finally got a good one and she's been there almost 15 years.
The property is in a pretty desirable area but we've only raised her rent twice in that time. Other nearby properties are renting for a good deal
more, we feel like it's worth it to give her a break and keep her.