I Don't Care for Upfront Deals with Tenants Prior to Move In

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Real Estate Broker with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999

This morning I went out and met a prospective tenant at one of my rental houses. They were are a very nice family and their parents came to look at the house also.  They had a lot of good questions for me.  We have agreed that they are going to rent the home.

The tenant of 7 years moved out of the home a couple of weeks ago.  They left the home in impeccable condition, just normal wear and tear. Since my husband had been out of town on business, he hasn't gotten over to the house to take an inventory of what needs to be done prior to a new tenant move in.  There are a couple of rooms that could use a quick coat of paint. 

The prospective tenant asked if they could paint the home prior to move in.  I know alot of landlords that allow this.  I prefer to give a tenant a property upon move in, in the condition that we expect to get it the property back in. 

We expect tenants of a couple of years to return a property in nearly move in condition.  As time progresses, and they've been with us for an extended period of time, I know there are going to be items that need to be addressed by us, plus there is normal wear and tear on the property.  I like to turn the key over to a new tenant with the house 100% complete upon move in. 

I don't like to make arraangements with new tenants for them to paint or do any type of work before they move in.  I really just don't care for this.  I have seen landlords get their house back a year or two years later, without the paint ever being touched or the agreed upon repair work having been done.  My feeling is that let's make sure we get started on the right foot on day one.

Now, after they've been there for a couple of years and they ask if they can paint, I am more than happy to go ahead and supply the paint to the tenant and let them paint to their heart's content.

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As always Sandy, You are the voice of reason in a sometimes insane world...

Regards,

March 21, 2009 10:54 PM
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I don't like to make deals with tenants either.  Many can't do the repairs right and end up getting paint on the carpet and the light switches.  No thanks.

March 22, 2009 10:05 AM
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Bob, I think our tenants do pick up cues from us, you are correct.  Best to give them the house in the condition we expect to get it back in.

Jack, I don't mind having tenants painting in later years, but there too, I have found that I provided the paint and the tenant never got around to using it.

Carla, I think it's easier if and less complicated if we do the work ourselves.

James, Let's set the correct expectations on day one - so true.

Heather, I know that different things work for different landlords.

Tony, There are some bad tenants out there - it comes with the territory.

Lou, I agree with you.

Gary, I think it just makes the situation easier.

Paul, Oh you are oh so kind to me.  Thanks for being here.

Rob, If you want the job done right, it's best to do it yourself.

March 22, 2009 10:44 AM
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I'm also not a fan of letting tenants paint or make repairs.  Like you said I think its better we start off with the tenant on the right foot.  Plus who knows how good of a job the tenant is really going to do I would rather risk my painter making a mistake then the tenant.  After all he's painted hundreds of houses how many has the tenant painted.

March 22, 2009 09:38 PM
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Hi Justin, I agree - when business isn't slamming me, I do a large amount of the painting on our rentals.  And a painter's job is only as good as the painter that was ahead of him. Hard to overcome old drips, blotches and a lousy paint job.

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