Unsavory tenants

In 1995, David’s friend bought a two bedroom townhouse in Nanakuli as an investment.  It was quite a bargain, costing only $21,000.  The rent is $1,400 per month.  Long story short, his tenants have not paid the rent since December.  He is taking them to court in order to evict them.  It seems that it is illegal to simply throw them out.  Tenants have rights that somehow overshadow the rights of landlords.  What a horrible mess!

For 1-1/2 years, I rented my guest room to someone who worked at the airport.  He wasn’t a bad tenant, paying us the rent in cash on a monthly basis.  He paid us $900 the first year and $1,000 the next year.  This money came in handy.  However, it all came to an end when he was transferred to Texas.  I miss the money, but not the hassle of having one less bathroom and no guest room for my daughter, who vacations here periodically.

This is my guest room:

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I just don’t want to rent to an unsavory tenant, who does not pay the rent on time.  And if I make him angry, he might damage my house or hurt me physically.  It’s dangerous to rent to strangers these days.  I’ll have to find some other way to make money.

P.S.  Recently, I almost rented my guest room to a relative, but he insisted on having his girlfriend live with him.  I told him that I wanted a single occupant, as the bed is too small for two people.  He walked away and that was that.

16 Responses to “Unsavory tenants”

  1. Olga Says:

    My brother has rented property. And he had two very bad experiences. Once with a tenant releasing to a bunch of students who trashed the place and were difficult to evict and once with a tenant who actually stole checks from my brother’s wife. It made me vow never to be a landlord.

  2. Linda Starr Says:

    best not to rent to a relative I think, rent month to month, no lease, and you could do a background check and drug test on the person wanting to rent, if they refuse you know the answer, that being said I could really use the money to pay dental and medical bills but have yet to rent to anyone. lol

  3. Tom Sightings Says:

    Not to mention the fact that when you rent you’ve got to (or you’re supposed to) run it as a business and report it on Form 1040 Schedule E and pay taxes on any profit. Which is the point. It’s a business. You might make some money, but it’s also work.

  4. Christine Says:

    Renting has a lot of drawbacks but it has worked out for you, seems you have to be very careful.

  5. DJan Says:

    I’m sort of glad you’ve decided not to rent out your spare bedroom for all the reasons you list here. You were lucky before, thank goodness@ 🙂

  6. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I would not like to be a landlord.

  7. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    That was an excellent deal that David got, and the cash flow was great, until now. Hawaii laws are too friendly to tenants, I agree.

    We also have a spare room and bathroom, but, like you, I rather not have a stranger or relative who may or may not be reliable. You are keeping your flexibility, and that is always a good thing.

  8. dkzody Says:

    I wouldn’t want a stranger in my house. It is very difficult to get rid of a tenant you no longer want in your home.

  9. Kay G. Says:

    May I just say, I love that room. The blue and white looks very restful.

  10. anonymousinthemainland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Says:

    Most people in our ccmmunity run background checks it is very easy and almost all get a month’s rent in advance and a non refundable security deposit..It is a big hassle to have strangers in one’s home just not worth the hassle, perhaps you can make money in another way…aloha in paradise!

  11. DeniseinVA Says:

    It is a lovely guest room Gigi. We rented our family home in England for a few years. The first tenant like yours was wonderful who paid his rent regularly. We had a local real estate company looking after it so we were paying them also. Unfortunately the first tenant moved out after two years and the nightmare moved in. Paid the rent for a couple of months and then the trouble began. By the time it was all over they did not pay the rent for six months but they had squatters rights so we couldn’t just throw them out. The real estate company were useless and enablers, and there’s a long story there because they almost aided these awful tenants. Eventually after they threatened to sue us because of a supposed hole in the ground she had ‘twisted’ her ankle in – complete lie – they moved on, no money but lots of debtors they had skipped out for thousands of pounds and we were harassed by the collectors for a whole year. We gave up trying to rent after that and sold our family home, sad doing it but our old neighbors were so grateful as they didn’t like the tenants either, or the ten other people who were living there!!! Long story I know and forgive me for waffling on, but as you can see I still get upset just thinking of my parents’ home being abused as it was.

  12. DeniseinVA Says:

    p.s. we never did get the overdue rent, and was just very glad to get rid of them. The place was a complete mess when they left.

  13. Beatrice Says:

    Reading your post, Gigi, and the comments from others is exactly why we have not rented our VA home, which remains For Sale. So many people have suggested we rent it “for the income.” But we know that being landlords who live so far away would mean we would be unable to check that the house and property were being maintained. The house had been a rental before we bought it, so we know first-hand that not all renters are good tenants.

  14. Karen Barry Says:

    The hospitals often hire nurses on 3 month contracts and they make great tenants. It is hard for them to find short term rentals. The local hospital could tell you what agency they use and you could contact the agency. Some renew their contracts and stay longer.

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