There is a landlord complaint that drives me nuts…VACANCY. This should not be a complaint. A vacancy should be the landlord’s marching orders, the work list, not something to whine about.
I have some relatives and friends who have a few rental properties. Sooner or later I will hear, “My house has been vacant for three months, the property management people don’t seem to be showing it.”
I think, “THREE MONTHS! ARE YOU NUTS? WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT? AARGH!” But I just nod, “Unh-huh, too bad, hope it gets rented soon.”
Vacancy is just money going out the door! For God’s sake don’t let that happen to you.
I have a little ploy I use with my new foster kids. One of them will get up and dump an entire glass of orange juice down the drain, or throw their whole meal into the trash. Then I will get up, go over to the trash can and throw in a dollar bill. This ALWAYS gets their attention.
“WHOOA”, they say, “What are you doing? Throwing away money? Are you crazy? Why did you do that?”
“Well, you just did it, too,” I say, fishing the dollar bill out of the muck and wiping it off (I’m really NOT crazy). “You just dumped a whole dollar’s worth of orange juice right down the drain. So I can do it too, right?”
This leads into a nice little talk about how everything costs money and we gotta save, or we ARE just throwing dollar bills in the trash. This is often a new concept for kids who have lived in the moment always.
Back to the relatives…told me that they had PRAYED TO FILL THE VACANT HOUSE. Who have (this is true) DUG A STATUE OF ST. FRANCIS(?) INTO THE YARD to fill their vacant rental house.
Who have endured a YEAR of vacancy rather than lower the rent. The philosophy there was, “I’m not going to GIVE my house away!”
Do you all see why this could drive a person (me) f’ing crazy?!