Tuesday, August 04, 2009

My Rental Condos

I haven't said much of substance lately. I want to, I compose wonderful things in my head all day and lose it before I get it written. I can't blame it on being busy, although I have been. I can't blame it on having house guests, or family gatherings, or parties or anything like that. I think I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment. My mind is racing. I feel like I have too many balls in the air and can't get them all juggled.

It all started when I got back from Michigan on July 22nd. One of my tenants moved out a few days before I got home and a new tenant wanted to move in the day after I got home, but I stalled them for two days so i could get the place cleaned up. I then had another tenant move out last week and then one moved out today.

Got that? Three full condos. One leaves - one moves in. Two leave. Two empty condos.

I got a phone call today that the person who just moved in, is going to move out. That means I have three empty condos.

I'm in total freak out mode.

OK, not total, but I'm getting there.

This is my larger rental - view from the front entry

I normally don't rent to people who have not been placed on the transplant list because if they aren't listed by Mayo then they are going to leave quickly. These folks who just moved in were not accepted by Mayo yet but they had a whole month full of appointments, so it was going to be totally worth their while to stay in my rental since I'm cheaper than a hotel...but if something happens, the first month is not refundable in any way. It's too much work getting these places ready for patients not to have a full month paid without question.

I had a feeling. I had an awful feeling. When the newest tenants asked to be an exception I stressed about the full month, no exception. I stressed that they were not on the list and could be told to go home at any moment. I suggested that they wait out the next round of testing and see if there was a better clue as to their status. Then I accepted their lease.

I went through my past tenants paperwork this evening and found something disturbing. All three tenants that moved in before they were accepted on the transplant list were sent home within the first month. I'm going to have to put my foot down and not rent to anyone who isn't listed. It isn't worth it for any of us, I'm finding. I've truly enjoyed meeting the people though - so that IS worth it, but it's awfully expensive for them.

I'm sending out into the Universe that I desire to have three families right away that want a lovely place to stay with the best landlady around :)

I hope you have a very blessed day.


Lydia said...

Well, bless your heart. That is a perfectly lovely apartment and I'm sure the others are as beautiful. There are families for them; you just have to know it.

Keetha Broyles said...

I'm so sorry you are going through this again - - - THREE TIMES again. But, that condo is adorable.

Marg Henry said...

I hate being a landlord. I want to be sweetness and light to my tenant, but it just isn't always possible. I've laid awake nights despising myself for having to raise the rent:)

Terri said...

you have to go by your gut and what is best for both the family and yourself - stick with it! I'm sure you'll be getting three wonderful new tenants soon.