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Old 09-25-2019, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I had neighbor who rented their house out to an attorney. Within 2 months of moving in he claimed to see rat turds in the attack and insisted the insulation be replaced in the attic. Shortly after that he filed a lawsuit saying he was suffering health issues over rats in the house and never paid rent again for the entire 16 months he resided in the place....constantly deferring eviction over “health issues.”

So....now I have a prospective tenant asking about leasing one of my properties. He’s a personal injury attorney. What would you do?
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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hmmm

Won't lease to Lawyers

Gee, it almost seems like you have a personal pet peeve that you like to air every now and again
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Old 09-25-2019, 01:47 PM
 
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Do you really, honestly believe that every single person in a profession is going to behave in the same manner? Do all landlords act the same? Do all police officers act the same? Teachers? Waitresses?


Rent to whomever you want; but stop starting these ridiculous theads.
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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hmmm

Won't lease to Lawyers

Gee, it almost seems like you have a personal pet peeve that you like to air every now and again
maybe he's trying to be more open-minded.
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Old 09-25-2019, 03:39 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I know a lot of landlords who won't rent to an attorney.


I have, but he was a contract writing type of attorney, not an ambulance chaser. Actually, he was quite a nice guy and the tenancy went smoothly.
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Old 09-25-2019, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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maybe he's trying to be more open-minded.
I am once again revisiting my position.
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Old Yesterday, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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I had neighbor who rented their house out to an attorney. Within 2 months of moving in he claimed to see rat turds in the attack and insisted the insulation be replaced in the attic. Shortly after that he filed a lawsuit saying he was suffering health issues over rats in the house and never paid rent again for the entire 16 months he resided in the place....constantly deferring eviction over “health issues.”

So....now I have a prospective tenant asking about leasing one of my properties. He’s a personal injury attorney. What would you do?

Did the rat crap on him when he was attacked in the attic? What was he doing in the attic that provoked the rats?


What I would do is properly maintain my property to ensure my tenants have no potentials for issues. I would also hire an Attorney to properly write my rental contract to prevent these type incidents from occurring or at least significantly minimize the chance and protect me in the process. After that what else can you do since anybody can sue for anything at any time and any reason. All we can do is take proactive steps to prevent it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Looks like you could be caught between a rock and a hard place. If you advertise a place for rent and then refuse due to his/her profession you might be stetting yourself up for a discriminatory practice suit.
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Old Yesterday, 11:14 AM
 
Location: California
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I think the basic question is that lawyers are well known for over charging so why don't they own their home?

Raise the rent as a surcharge on them because of the anticipated problems.

We had a neighbor rent his home to a lawyer, he did pay his rent, but he ran rough shod over the neighbors threatening everyone with legal problems because his "office" violated the city ordinances for home business. The legal community, of which I belonged to at the time, wanted nothing to do with someone like that!

Just because someone has been to school doesn't mean their character has improved.
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Old Yesterday, 12:13 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I wouldn't want anything to do with an attorney unless I hired him/her for some reason. It was bad enough when we sold our house to an IRS agent who did audits. We were on pins and needles for several years. I recently had two different attorneys apply for my openings that only pay $50-60k in Seattle, unrelated to law. There is no way they got interviews.
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