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What do landlords think?

Landlords think differently about the rental housing business than tenants do.

Tenants need to remember that renting is a business.

CityLab describes the differences between landlords and tenants as a "cultural divide." Taking landlord ideas and values into consideration will help you cope with their concerns. It's not who's right or's about getting along.
  • Landlords are trying to make money. They make decisions based on THEIR best interests. Sometimes their interests are scams.
  • Landlord often believe that you are their guest instead of being their customer. They sometimes make decisions based on their values and lifestyles, not yours.
  • Landlords are afraid of being sued. Sometimes that means "too many rules." Sometimes that means renting to who you know. 

What's News?

January 5, 2017, New York Times, How Does Your Landlord Calculate Your Rent?
interesting profile of a "mom and pop" landlord in NYC

September 21, 2017 The care and feeding of landlords
Good advice at Abodo. "In the realm of landlord-tenant relationships, you want things to be cordial. But generally speaking, the less the two of you have to talk, the better things are probably going. So send a card at the holidays if you’re really friendly, or a note with your lease renewal."

April 7, 2017 Plain Dealer Unsafe landlording
     Hire an ex-con with a history of arson convictions to be your on site maintenance man, give him keys to everyone's apartment. Then fire him, but let him continue to live in the building, and then give him a termination notice on New Year's Day after he's been welcoming in the New Year in style.
     Here's the report from the Plain Dealer"Fisher's landlord served him with a 30-day eviction notice about 4 p.m. Jan. 1. Fisher, who had drunk several 40-ounce bottles of King Cobra malt liquor, became irate and told the landlord 'I'm going to punch your lights out,' according to police reports. The landlord left, and about an hour later, neighbors saw a shirtless Fisher sitting in the parking lot across the street, screaming threats to the landlord, Smith said. Fisher moved to the building in May 2016 and originally worked as a janitor. He was fired from the position in November, but kept a master key to all the apartments. Smith said Fisher got into a vacant unit next to his that was being remodeled, and prosecutors believe he used a bag of sawdust, some sandpaper disks near the front door and a lighter to start the fire, which ignited the wooden door frame."

June 12, 2016 ATTN "5 Cases of Landlords Abusing Their Power" has a features a story which reviews some recent news stories (some that RHINO covered) in an amusing/scary review of "dirty tricks." From the article: "Having a shady landlord can be more than just a hassle: It can severely affect your quality of life. 'Sometimes it seems like landlords take the 'lord' part of their title too seriously: They abuse their power over current or prospective tenants.'"                                           posted June 12 2016

March 14, 2016, New York Times, I'm Not Evil. I’m a Landlord' 
So says Cleveland area landlord Bert Stratton in an op/ed in the New York Times. Here's a couple interesting take aways. 
1. He buys eviction notices in bulk
2. He's well acquainted with court personnel
3. He's making a living, doing the best that he can (he says...)
Comment: Bert, no one's accusing you of being evil. Just that rental household instability has a cost that someone else pays in order for you to continue your business.

October 16, 2013 Rooflines Homeowner Associations Have Draconian Rules. Why?
Or perhaps another way to look at HOA rules is that they make the world okay for diversity. People are more willing to live in a neighborhood with people different from them, if the rules have a way of keeping people from actively doing the things that make them distinctive as people. At least they have to do those things indoors, out of public view.

AUG 13 , 2013 Buzzuto's Blog, Understanding The Renter Of Today
...most of our public officials still think of these people as those who cannot afford homeownership. In this view, Americans are divided into two camps: those who own homes and those who want to. There seems to be a belief that if you rent, it is because you either lack the funds to buy a home or you are too young to do so. And in either case, the politicians seem to believe that you are unimportant if you rent because, they believe, if you rent, you don’t vote.

February 28, 2012, New York Times, Life as a Landlord
I recently had an application from Joe, 71, a retired factory worker. He made $1,600 per month. Welcome, Joe. I ran a criminal search on him as a formality. Aggravated arson, forgery and sexual battery. Pre-Internet, I would have rented to him. Pre-Internet, it was hard to run background checks. I once rented to a rapist-murderer because I wasn’t schlepping down to county records, and he wasn’t volunteering he was a rapist-murderer. (The man got picked up on a parole violation and moved out of my apartment without killing or raping again.)

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