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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?

June 12, 2016
"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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