I completely agree with your comment Gerry. As a first time home buyer and still renter (till I move into my first home). I have come to find out that our inherited tenant with the property has been involved in numerous cases (professional tenant).
I have learnt very quickly what it is to be a landlord, and feel that problem tenants should be included in a list. Screening, as I have come to be aware of, is necessary and crucial in determining who a good tenant should be.
As a current renter myself, those who feel that a landlord should be taken for, should realize that many of whom put their life saving into a property and provide shelter for a fee. This fee (rent) is not for income of the landlord, but for many it helps cover the mortgage, taxes and vital services that they are providing the tenant. Those tenants who decide to play the system, not pay their rent or damage the property should be aware that this just costs a landlord/owner of a house much more than their rent is worth.
As for the "tenants from hell", they have played the system for not only personal and financial gain. They have also caused much grief financially and emotionally for the owners/landlords of the properties in which they have spread their corruption upon.
I myself am in a similar situation with my inherited tenant, and wish that those who play the system are eventually caught. If you steal a candy bar you can get charged. If you steal rent & utilites, you can get away with it. How is this fair?
I don't make millions, and neither do most landlords (excluding thos corporations who run large complexes). Just wish that tenants see that their landlords are expecting the money from their tenants to cover their own costs (for the most part). The landlords take the liability of the property and some tenants take full advantage of the situation.
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