I had a landlord once who broke into our home to have a snoop. He would always come peering in the windows and ask inappropriate things too. It was a horrible and at times scary experience.
Our landlords now are just lovely, but they take forever to do things that need doing urgently. However they do more than I would expect a landlord to do (like slash the acerage for us). I am really appreciative of what they do for us.
Oh we have lived here for almost 3 years and they have only put the rent up once and it was by $10 only. I was also only this year. They asked us if it was okay before doing that as well.
Our first lot of tenants were terrible. They never paid their rent and were always in arrears. They lied about having pets (and we were always agreeable to pets in the house), they lied and said 1 child lived there full time and a couple come every 2nd w'end. No in fact mum, dad, mil and 5 kids all lived in the 3br 1bathroom house with a dog, cat and kitten. We took them to VCAT about 4 times where they were always given extensions to pay. In the end we had to serve them with a 120 day notice to vacate without reason to get them out. They left the house in an atrocious condition. We had to get new carpet throughout due to 'problems with toilet training' and fleas. They trashed bedroom doors, kitchen cupboards, broke the toilet seat, broke the freestanding wardrobes which were new and other stuff. In the end they went to two different charities to ask them to pay their outstanding rent (over $1500). Eventually they signed the full bond back to us after we threatened to go back to VCAT again. They now reside in a caravan park.
We now have great tenants who pay on time. They too got a dog without asking but when we found out we just asked them to sign a disclaimer for any damage caused by it and have now requested to sign on a further 6 months.
Sorry for the essay.
Before we owned a house we rented for 4 years and very rarely ever saw the landlords or PMs. One place were super annoying when it came time to o the bond inspection telling us that we had missed a cobweb and the grass was not mowed. Well it was mowed when we moved out a month ago and our lease ended but they took forever to bother to do the inspection.
We have had a tenant in our property for nearly 5 years now. He has never once asked for anything to be done. According to the property manager he keeps the house tidier than any rental property she has ever managed. We love him (never met him mind you) and in that 5 years we have only put the rent up twice (and even now he is paying about $80 per month less than what we could get for it). We dont want to lose him so we wont be putting the rent up this year. We would rather keep him and get less money than get a new unknown tenant. When we rented the place out he did ask if our intention was to keep it as a long term rental as he was looking for something long term. So far its been a very harmonious relationship that I hope continues for a long long time.
I've had a couple of bad real estate agents but by far the worst was organizing for the bond to go towards the real estates cleaner, carpet cleaner and gardener when we vacated we paid all of it towards them and they said the cleaner and gardener didn't do a good enough job and that we needed to pay for them to come back again! I keep our house in a very clean state and the house needed nothing more than a general clean along with the oven and cupboards wiping out! The gardener left garden clippings in a pile in the backyard and she wanted me to come and sort it out we had moved 2000km away
I hate renting we have done 5 houses in nearly 7 years due to owners wanting to move in or wanting to sell properties and once due to hubbies work I always get good inspections (done every 3 months in WA) and the owners of all of our rentals have never missed an opportunity to increase our rent, this last time it went from $380-$430 a week!
Worst experience as a tenant, the oven was leaking gas and the property manager abused me for calling her on a wkend with something not urgent. Not sure what she wanted me to do with gas leaking throughout the unit.
Worst experience as a landlord, well not really me but it happened just after we sold the property and was the tenants we had put in the property. Husband murdered his wife and then committed suicide. This was years ago but it still shocks me
Can I ask if many people manage their properties themselves? We used to have a property manager who was useless and took over managing ourselves and its been easy. We never hear from our tenants and if we do need to do something we live 5 mins away. That said, they are great and probably hard to find.
I've never had any horrible experiences as a tenant. My current landlords are awesome but I knew them before I became their tenant lol and we talk occasionally. I have coffee with her little sister every week :-)
I don't see myself moving from here any time soon :-)
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