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  •  I'm a landlord myself and feel your pain. (20+ / 0-)

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:29:23 AM PDT

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    •  Sadly a lot of landlords don't care (14+ / 0-)

      My first year here a colleague's husband had to get their house condemned by the fire department , or at least officially declared uninhabitable with warning tape and everything, in order to get their landlord's attention. Fortunately I never had that kind of a problem.

    •  I've had terrible tenants at the tenant house (14+ / 0-)

      on our farm.  The worst was an aphasic stroke victim whose family promised to move in with him and support him, but two weeks in they bailed because he was a pain.  So there he was, a 70+ year old man and his only companion a dog.  On Friday and Saturday nights he would get lonely and jumpy and imagine himself getting another stroke.  

      We'd only know this when the local ambulance would come tearing down the driveway with screaming siren and lights.  They'd take him to the local emergency room where the doctor couldn't understand him, would think he was drunk and release him.  Then he'd call us to get a ride home.  Usually after midnight.  So more often than not, we'd follow him in and translate his symptoms for the doctor (we would have to go and get him anyway).  I spent many weekend nights in the ER, and never got even a thank you.

      The last winter he was there he stored newspapers in the oven.  He turned off the furnace and hung blankets up over the doors and brought in a kerosene heater (strictly against the lease, but he didn't care).  We told him to use the furnace and take down the blankets.  As soon as we left he put them right back up.  Eventually he froze the water pipes in the wall where there was no access, and then got mad when we told him we was responsible for the damages.  We were terrified he'd burn the house down.  And his family wouldn't lift even a finger--they had no contact with him by that point.

      I really felt sorry for him, such a lonely old guy.  But I almost threw a party when he moved out.

      On a lighter note, he did mow the grass in the nude.  All the locals got to know the tenant house as the "naked old guy house."  And, yes, gravity is an inexorable force, and there are some things human eyes were not meant to see.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:46:50 AM PDT

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