Good morning Dinks. I rent an apartment. Yes it’s true. I am 33 years old, I live with my boyfriend Nick and we rent an apartment. I like renting because it’s carefree, hassle free and it’s easy to budget. I know a lot of people think that renting an apartment instead of buying a home is a waste of money, but it’s worth it for me. Our building is safe, we have a handyman on site 24 hours a day and we only have one monthly bill to pay – our rent.
Renting may not be for me, but owning a rental property is definitely not.
Those are all the great reasons why I love renting, but sometimes I wonder if I should buy a home. Not a house because I don’t want to deal with all the maintenance that comes along with homeownership such as shovelling snow and cutting grass. But sometimes, when I’m day dreaming, I think that I would like to have a condo to call my own.
Yesterday I was in our rental office paying my monthly rent and another tenant burst into the room in a rage because there was no hot water in the building. The only thing I thought to myself was…thank goodness I’m not the landlord. This thought is reiterated in my mind every single time I watch an episode of Judge Judy and a tenant or a landlord is being sued for money owed or property damaged.
3 things you should always do if you own a rental property
I am not sure if I want to buy a home, but I know that I don’t want to buy a home for someone else. I don’t want to be a homeowner but I also don’t want to be a landlord. I know some Dinks pride themselves on their real estate portfolio but the hassle of dealing with tenants just seems like a headache I don’t need.
After observing how my landlord dealt with the outraged tenant, and of course from watching multiple episodes of Judge Judy, I learned a thing or two about owning a rental property:
Don’t take someone’s word for a problem. The landlord couldn’t be sure if the hot water was not working throughout the entire building or if it was in just one tenant’s apartment. Of course the landlord could not react before looking into the problem.
Keep track of everything. When landlords keep records they can see how often a problem in the building occurs and how often a problem with a tenant occurs. This is important when trying to determine if the situation is really a problem or if maybe the tenant is just the problem. Don’t delete anything and be sure to keep records.
Always get and give a receipt. One problem I always see on Judge Judy is people not getting a receipt. I am not sure why in 2014 people accept a gentleman’s handshake as a legal contract, because it’s not legal. I would love to save money and pay cash for everything, but when it comes to paying my rent that just won’t do. As a tenant I always want a receipt for my rent and if I was a landlord I would want to give a receipt…just to protect myself.
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