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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-07-08 11:44 PM
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26. I'm torn.
On the one hand, I've SEEN renters destroy property. On the other, I AM a renter with a shitload of pets.

My landlord specified NO PETS in his ad. I looked anyway because I was trying to figure out the market after living in the same place for 6 years. It was the first and only place I looked at. He was practically trying to hand me the keys and I wasn't really ready to make a decision. Plus I had a shitload of pets! So, I asked him how married to the "no pets" thing he was. He asked the dreaded question - "What kind of pets are we talking about?" Umm.... a dog, 3 cats, 3 ferrets, 3 sugar gliders and a bird.

He asked if I'd be okay with a non-refundable pet deposit of $250 TOTAL. Uh...YEAH! He then said he'd probably even refund that, if everything was kosher when I left.

Truth is some of the carpet will probably need replacing when I move. My two oldest cats got diagnosed with diseases after I moved in - kidney failure for one, and diabetes for the other. This led to toilet "issues" with the cats. I'm exceptionally diligent about cleaning up any messes and erasing all evidence of any accidents, but I will probably suggest that we replace the carpets when I do move. It's only fair and the only right thing to do - rather than stay silent and hope no one notices. There's a good chance they WON'T (I am VERY careful about taking care of messes, remember) but the fact remains that there HAVE been accidents in the house.

He loves me because my rent is always paid and I leave him alone. I love him because my rent doesn't go up and he leaves me alone.

I recently had a problem with the bathroom plumbing - the hot water in the shower wouldn't shut off, and the handles were stripped. 3 hours late to work and $1.38 later I'd gotten the water shut off problem solved and I just replaced the shower handles this weekend.

So - as a renter I HATE having to jump through hoops and be treated like a piece of crap. I'm also far from neat and orderly so if a landlord were to show up I'd be mortified most of the time - haha! But I always leave property in BETTER shape than I found it and it the place is pristine upon my moving out of it. BUT - the thought of being a landlord MYSELF - having witnessed so many people thrashing property, not paying rent, etc - I really understand the "rules".

So - personally, speaking as a person that rents, I think your rules suck and I don't like that much interference and poking around in my life. But I COMPLETELY understand them and for the population in general, I think you're being very reasonable. ;)

I guess my advice would be to set your rules from the beginning, but be willing to bend them according to your gut instinct on an individual basis - as my landlord did with me. Mine was just so sick of having people not pay their rent, skipping out in the middle of the night, and on top of all that, trashing his property that he was willing to take a chance on me - someone with a steady job that didn't *want* to keep moving around.
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  -What do you think about these rental policies for a house? Droopy  Jun-07-08 10:31 PM   #0 
  - I would include lease language about insurance.  GOPisEvil   Jun-07-08 10:35 PM   #1 
  - No aquariums? That's weird.  Blue-Jay   Jun-07-08 10:35 PM   #2 
  - Well there are two levels to the house  Droopy   Jun-07-08 10:54 PM   #14 
  - Don't agree on the cats or the criminal background check  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-08 10:38 PM   #3 
  - I have  DS1   Jun-07-08 10:47 PM   #6 
     - In MA?  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-08 10:48 PM   #7 
        - Maynard  DS1   Jun-07-08 10:49 PM   #9 
           - I don't agree with it  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-08 10:51 PM   #11 
              - yeah, but we were using him  DS1   Jun-07-08 10:52 PM   #12 
                 - That's a specific situation, homie  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-08 10:54 PM   #15 
                    - A criminal background check is perfectly legal  Droopy   Jun-07-08 10:56 PM   #16 
                       - I'm not going to argue with you, but  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-08 10:58 PM   #18 
                       - There are a coluple of sexual predators living within a mile of my sister  Droopy   Jun-07-08 11:03 PM   #19 
                       - In Ohio?  Chan790   Jun-08-08 01:09 AM   #67 
                          - That's CT. This is OH.  Droopy   Jun-08-08 01:27 AM   #71 
                             - You have much more leiniant laws...  Chan790   Jun-08-08 07:53 AM   #82 
  - True story.  bluesbassman   Jun-07-08 10:44 PM   #4 
  - I bet that happens all the time.  Blue-Jay   Jun-07-08 10:45 PM   #5 
  - Allowing tenants to work on your house is just screaming for trouble  DS1   Jun-07-08 10:48 PM   #8 
  - That's why it must be approved by me  Droopy   Jun-07-08 10:58 PM   #17 
  - Long time landlord here...  Digit   Jun-07-08 10:50 PM   #10 
  - Charge a deposit ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-07-08 10:53 PM   #13 
  - My lease says no smoking in the house.  evlbstrd   Jun-08-08 11:39 AM   #89 
  - not sure a credit check is going to guarantee good tenents  KG   Jun-07-08 11:15 PM   #20 
  - It's definitely not a guarantee  Droopy   Jun-07-08 11:27 PM   #22 
  - A rental credit check usually also includes a search of unlawful detainer (eviction) records  LeftyMom   Jun-07-08 11:32 PM   #24 
     - i really don't care if someone checks me out, just don't ask me to pay for it.  KG   Jun-07-08 11:51 PM   #28 
        - The problem is that without a fee, you tend to get applicants who won't qualify  LeftyMom   Jun-07-08 11:58 PM   #33 
  - Credit and background check is reasonable.  madeline_con   Jun-07-08 11:25 PM   #21 
  - You do not want to let a tenant care for a riding mower you own  LeftyMom   Jun-07-08 11:30 PM   #23 
  - Sounds like you've been there  Droopy   Jun-07-08 11:43 PM   #25 
     - I worked directly for the property owner, so I don't know the rates for contract agencies.  LeftyMom   Jun-07-08 11:51 PM   #29 
  - I'm torn.  Madrone   Jun-07-08 11:44 PM   #26 
  - I appreciate your perspective as a tenant  Droopy   Jun-07-08 11:52 PM   #30 
     - Well, not all tenants are going to be as honest or as willing to make things right as I am.  Madrone   Jun-07-08 11:58 PM   #32 
  - Why on earth would you think cats are more destructive than dogs?  Withywindle   Jun-07-08 11:44 PM   #27 
  - It's an old house with a lot natural, original woodwork  Droopy   Jun-07-08 11:56 PM   #31 
  - I wouldn't rule out people with cats either. My cats are very clean and don't scratch anything.  faithfulcitizen   Jun-08-08 12:52 AM   #59 
  - Heck, my best friend has a lab that not only barks  Lorien   Jun-08-08 12:25 PM   #92 
  - Elephants?  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:00 AM   #34 
  - I know you are a pround elephant owner  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:03 AM   #35 
     - Are you leasing a former circus grounds?  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:12 AM   #37 
     - It's just a joke, Jason. Relax.  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:15 AM   #38 
        - Seriously  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:19 AM   #40 
           - I think I can say with absolute certainty  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:27 AM   #42 
              - I never said it was a legal contract  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:29 AM   #43 
                 - I repeat  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:31 AM   #45 
                    - because  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:34 AM   #46 
                       - I was being facetious, Jason, and this is not a legal binding contract  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:35 AM   #48 
                          - You asked  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:37 AM   #49 
                          - I bet your ass is so tight  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:42 AM   #52 
                             - FTR, I REALLY hope you add a "no elephants" clause to your contract  PeaceNikki   Jun-08-08 12:44 AM   #53 
                             - me too  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:49 AM   #54 
                                - Are you a lawyer or do you just play one on the internet?  PeaceNikki   Jun-08-08 12:50 AM   #56 
                                   - I am not a lawyer  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:52 AM   #58 
                                      - hmmm  PeaceNikki   Jun-08-08 12:57 AM   #63 
                                         - You should send that to him  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:58 AM   #65 
                                            - Wow!  Blue-Jay   Jun-08-08 01:32 AM   #73 
                             - when you run out of anything to say  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:49 AM   #55 
                                - Yup and I'm glad you got the chance to read that  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:51 AM   #57 
                                   - Thats sad  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:52 AM   #60 
                                      - I'm, happy. And I genuinely hope that I hurt your feelings.  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:56 AM   #62 
                                         - ROFL  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:57 AM   #64 
                          - THE INTERNET = SERIOUS BUSINESS  PeaceNikki   Jun-08-08 12:40 AM   #50 
                             - the internet may not be  jasonc   Jun-08-08 12:41 AM   #51 
     - And who wants to rent to a republican  China_cat   Jun-08-08 02:23 AM   #77 
  - Allow cats and Smokers  Carnea   Jun-08-08 12:07 AM   #36 
  - If you're gay, you stay! LOL!  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:24 AM   #41 
  - curious as to why women in their 50s are risky?  Connonym   Jun-08-08 06:52 AM   #79 
     - It's not them it's thier baggage.  Carnea   Jun-08-08 07:47 AM   #80 
  - Be careful about that lawn rule  MountainLaurel   Jun-08-08 12:16 AM   #39 
  - I'm pretty easy to get along with  Droopy   Jun-08-08 12:29 AM   #44 
     - Oops, I was confused  MountainLaurel   Jun-08-08 11:01 AM   #83 
     - Hire a service to mow the lawn  Gormy Cuss   Jun-08-08 11:14 AM   #86 
  - Sounds reasonable, but I wouldn't provide them with a lawnmower  democracyindanger   Jun-08-08 12:34 AM   #47 
  - Completely reasonable. I do property management. Here is our policy:  helderheid   Jun-08-08 12:55 AM   #61 
  - I don't understand why you'd allow small dogs but not cats  huskerlaw   Jun-08-08 12:59 AM   #66 
  - It's an old house with a lot of the original, natural woodwork  Droopy   Jun-08-08 01:10 AM   #68 
     - Hmmm...  huskerlaw   Jun-08-08 01:17 AM   #69 
     - What she said.  Shakespeare   Jun-08-08 01:25 AM   #70 
     - It's not floors  Droopy   Jun-08-08 01:30 AM   #72 
        - I've honestly never heard of such a thing.  huskerlaw   Jun-08-08 01:37 AM   #74 
           - Me either.  LeftyMom   Jun-08-08 01:52 AM   #75 
           - We have a cat  hippywife   Jun-08-08 07:48 AM   #81 
     - Cats don't claw wood. They claw rough, texured surfaces  Lorien   Jun-08-08 12:27 PM   #93 
  - THIS THREAD HAS BEEN VERY PRODUCTIVE  Droopy   Jun-08-08 02:00 AM   #76 
  - One last word  China_cat   Jun-08-08 02:31 AM   #78 
  - I would walk away from it.  graywarrior   Jun-08-08 11:03 AM   #84 
  - Droopy, ultimately it's your property and your  LibDemAlways   Jun-08-08 11:10 AM   #85 
  - Some thoughts....  Lars39   Jun-08-08 11:23 AM   #87 
  - At least you seem to have a landlord who cares......  Darth_Kitten   Jun-08-08 11:27 AM   #88 
  - Question about credit checks.....  Jade Fox   Jun-08-08 12:13 PM   #90 
  - Er, do you know what a bored Jack Russell can do to a property?  Lorien   Jun-08-08 12:23 PM   #91 

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