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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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    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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      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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        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 March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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