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Old 11-24-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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There are several ethical landlords that haunt this board. I know one of them quite well. I'm a renter now, for the first time in over 20 years. My security deposit was quite low, but they added a non-refundable cleaning fee of $300. I don't think I will worry too much about my security deposit. They will likely keep it because I'm going to paint my ugly kitchen cabinets white, with good paint and a nice laquer. I will also install nice new hardware.

It's probably a violation. And I don't care. It's an improvement.
Recommend you confer with your landlord before you paint cabinetry. If the cabinets are now stained/not painted your landlord will want to be sure a proper prep job or the paint will peel. If you were my tenant, I’d likely pay for the paint and hardware if I was supportive of this work.

I noticed cleaning fees are pretty common in the Las Vegas market. We don’t having cleaning fees in the Dallas, TX market where my properties are located so of course I don’t have such a thing because market drives my rates and terms. But I think cleaning fees are a good idea; it takes the pressure off both tenant and landlord regarding leaving the property clean at move out time.
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Default Hi NLVgal

Thanks for the note the other day.

We've had four landlords since we've been here. Three out of four turned out to be nuts. They were very friendly, as were we, until they wanted to sell or when we decided to move. One was exceptional, a peach. He is a RE agent; it's been a long time, if he still is, I think I'll look him up to be our agent should we decide to buy within the next year.

Just by my experience, the odds aren't good. I hope you have a good one
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Default Ahem, NLVgal

^This (from LL.)

Improved cabinetry -> confiscated deposit. A win-win!

Last edited by lvnyc; 11-24-2017 at 12:46 PM..
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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Recommend you confer with your landlord before you paint cabinetry. If the cabinets are now stained/not painted your landlord will want to be sure a proper prep job or the paint will peel. If you were my tenant, I’d likely pay for the paint and hardware if I was supportive of this work.

I noticed cleaning fees are pretty common in the Las Vegas market. We don’t having cleaning fees in the Dallas, TX market where my properties are located so of course I don’t have such a thing because market drives my rates and terms. But I think cleaning fees are a good idea; it takes the pressure off both tenant and landlord regarding leaving the property clean at move out time.
They repaint here, and take a month refurbishing each little place before move in. Takes a months notice and a holding fee to get in. I'm not going to ask for permission on the cabinets, I will simply ask for forgiveness. I will post before and after photos.

I'm also going to faux paint the patio to look like Saltillo. https://pin.it/hot4e5cn7jseh4

That can be corrected with a can of driveway paint, if they desire. This is not a house, it's a single story apartment community with private little courtyards and attached garages.
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:06 PM
 
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I completely understand that you didn't want to move between Xmas and NYE/D.

You did miss the opportunity to move your renewal date. I would have asked for short term, like 3/4 more months to move in the spring or 9/10/11 months to move in the fall. That said, we move ourselves and want to avoid the heat.

You're still stuck with moving over the holidays....eventually unless you re-negotiate it.
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Old 11-25-2017, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Default I know...

Just2, that was on my agenda. Since I wasn't feeling all that rational or reasonable, I left the call to my husband who did not address that issue while he was so busy acquiescing. (We're very different about these things; I should have known better. I am trying not to dwell on it.)

In a few more days, I'll likely calm down, and I'll attempt to negotiate a additional month to the extension so we would be leaving at the end of January, 2019. Granted, we're not negotiating from a position of strength though I suspect we never were anyway, since I don't think they're being straight with us. We'll see what happens. Joy, another year of tension. Maybe they'll seize the occasion to show what great people they are

I was acting like the guy in the car in this video (not really, though I felt that way.) Gets really good at 2:45; it's so old it's almost new, still good, NSFW. The trooper was funny, too:


Maine State Trooper.
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Old 11-25-2017, 04:53 AM
 
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That one is one of my all time internet favorites. Haven't seen it for awhile. That cop has a wicked-good sense of humor.
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Old 11-26-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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They repaint here, and take a month refurbishing each little place before move in. Takes a months notice and a holding fee to get in. I'm not going to ask for permission on the cabinets, I will simply ask for forgiveness. I will post before and after photos.

I'm also going to faux paint the patio to look like Saltillo. https://pin.it/hot4e5cn7jseh4

That can be corrected with a can of driveway paint, if they desire. This is not a house, it's a single story apartment community with private little courtyards and attached garages.
I went to the link. How did they do the floors. They are amazing.
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:38 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Just be aware - you repaint cabnets and apply some finish to that concrete, you MIGHT find yourself in court for additional damages after your move out. With all due respect, what you think is "better" usually isn't - and if those are stained cabinets, returning them to stained is likely going to be impossible, and you could well be on the hook for replacing the cabinets and a sandblast/refinish of the patio.

Sorry - but you are the poster child for landlord's that complain about tenants that destroy property values, IMO.
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Old 11-27-2017, 01:49 AM
 
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Just be aware - you repaint cabnets and apply some finish to that concrete, you MIGHT find yourself in court for additional damages after your move out. With all due respect, what you think is "better" usually isn't - and if those are stained cabinets, returning them to stained is likely going to be impossible, and you could well be on the hook for replacing the cabinets and a sandblast/refinish of the patio.

Sorry - but you are the poster child for landlord's that complain about tenants that destroy property values, IMO.
Right there... "landlord's that complain about tenants that destroy values". This is almost seditious, thinking that there mere threat of such a situation could intimidate house values.

The problem seems to be with the actual investors and landlords, like a fabricated market that once no longer adhered to according to some "standard", causes a rift in valuation. It is possible that it was created in order to help to justify the false value of a given property since there is really no 'grounding value' material in the area except for the climate.
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