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3 Crazy Things Landlords Do That Tenants Will Never Understand

3 Crazy Things Landlords Do That Tenants Will Never Understand

Landlords love to laugh at the expense of tenants. They’ll share stories about all of the questionable things their tenants have done in the past and wonder out loud what the thought process was behind these choices. However, you don’t often hear the other side of the story. Landlords do some pretty strange things themselves. In fact, some of them are so strange that tenants, like yourself, will have a hard time ever understanding their rationale. Let’s take a look.

1. Installing Hidden Cameras

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    (Photo by M S)

    Is there anything creepier than being watched? Your apartment is supposed to be your own private place to retreat and relax – but this isn’t always the case. Over the past few years, we’ve heard numerous stories – including this one from a young student living in New York – regarding the installation of hidden cameras in apartments.

    “Everyone has a right to privacy in their own personal living space,” says Abraham Jaros, a New York City attorney and senior partner at Jaroslawicz and Jaros. “Whether you rent or own, nobody should be able to take that privacy away from you.” Unfortunately, there are some strange landlords who will try to do just that.

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    2. Performing Shoddy Work

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      (Photo by Ryan)

      Landlords are in the business of making money, so many of them will do whatever it takes to save a few bucks. Blogger Carly Jacobs highlights a number of these stories, including one she titles “The Repair Man.”

      This story involves a young woman named Kate who rented a house with her boyfriend. The house had constant problems and they frequently called the landlord to get them fixed. Each time, the landlord would send a strange repairman to fix the problem.

      One day, the house was broken into and the repairman came over to fix the locks. He also handed Kate a bill. Kate refused to pay the bill and told the repairman to charge the landlord. After some back and forth arguing, the repairman admitted that he was the landlord, and had been entering the apartment under a false identify to act like he was paying for professional repairs.

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      3. Terrible Communication

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        (Photo by Rental Realities)

        While you could argue that one individual’s idea of good communication can different from another person’s, there’s little room to debate that some landlords are terrible at communicating with tenants. Take this story for example:

        A few guys rented an apartment on the ground floor of a home on a block that was being cleared to make room for a new high-rise apartment building. For about a month, the guys endured constant vibrations and the sounds of heavy machinery, as construction was roughly 40 feet from their apartment. A few months later, the building inspector came by and discovered a large crack in the home’s foundation. He said it needed to be fixed or the house would be condemned.

        The landlord, being the wonderful communicator he was, gave the roommates a 24-hour notice via a handwritten note that was pushed underneath the door. With two of the roommates out of town, the third roommate decided he wouldn’t leave the apartment until something was figured out. However, once the building inspector officially condemned the home, he was forced to leave.

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        This just goes to show that good communication shouldn’t be taken for granted – and that a handwritten note 24 hours prior to the fact isn’t the proper way to serve an evacuation notice.

        Sleep With One Eye Open

        Pretty creepy and strange, right? After hearing these horror stories, you may want to deadbolt the door and sleep with one eye open. And while some tenants certainly have weird habits and strange behaviors, we shouldn’t be quick to assume that our landlords are as normal as they’d like us to believe.

        Do you know who’s getting your rent check each month?

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        Featured photo credit: Amanda Wray via flic.kr

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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