something to honk about
In our eleven years of living together, my husband and I have always rented our homes. We’ve lived in a grand total of six different places together and had a variety of experiences with homeowners, landlords, and property managers. The one thing, across the board, that I’ve noticed about our experiences with all of them is that homeowners and property managers have little respect for the people that pay every month to live in their homes.
Some tenants are better than others, I’m sure. And likewise, some landlords are better than others. We have always taken good care of the homes we have rented. We keep a clean house, we don’t pile junk up in the yard, we mow the lawn and tend the plants and trim the bushes. And as per our rental agreement, the homeowner and/or property manager is responsible for more extensive maintenance and repair. Some are better than others about responding to requests of that nature.
Here’s my thing: we are the ones living here for years at a time. We know the house. We know its quirks. We know its strengths and weaknesses. And we don’t ask for a whole lot. Renters put up with plenty of imperfections. We only ask for help if something really needs to be fixed. We are a good judge of what those things are because we are the ones living here.
I just want a little respect and appreciation for that. Homeowners have a vested interest in maintaining their house. The own it; they have equity in it. We are helping them toward that end by letting them know about the things that need work over time. So they should pay attention and take our advice a little more seriously. And they don’t have to wait until we call and say something is broken. They could get in touch with us once in a while and ask if there is anything in the home we are living in that could use some routine maintenance. I would be grateful for that.
What do you think? Do you have experiences either as a renter or as a homeowner who has tenants?