Feeling Bad for the Tenant

Author: Todd Christiansen | Category: My Evictions

It seems like many of my post lately are more about encouraging landlords to file the evictions or convincing them that they are doing the right thing.  Well here is another.  I spoke to this landlord back in January about his tenant being 2 months behind in rent.  He said he felt sorry for the tenant because he lost his job.  Finally this month we processed the eviction.  The tenant owed him almost $7000 in back rent.

Here is the problem with this.  The tenant was no longer even attempting to pay.  He didn’t even send so much as a $100 for months.  Where else did this tenant think he could live for free?

Stop feeling bad for the tenants.  This is a business, treat it like one.  If you owned a local clothing store, maybe you would give some clothes to a homeless person or a shelter.  Would you let one person continue to come in every month for 6 months and choose whatever s/he wanted off the shelves and simply walk out the door with it?  No.

If you want to help someone out, give to charity.  Otherwise, owning rental property is a business.  Treat it as such.  You don’t need to be a jerk and can certainly manage with compassion, but often tenants will take advantage of your kindness.

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