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Old 05-11-2008, 04:37 AM
 
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Someone who is responsible and clean, caring and ordering is desperately needed to look after an beautiful villa in Lake Bernedette, a golf course community in Zephyrhills, Florida. You can not just trust anyone to take on this responsibility. It's a really nice, quiet neighborhood with great aminities. I just want it taken care of while I am gone. Do you know the best place to look for a tenet (good/reliable)?
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I always go with someone I know or someone who was personally recommended by a friend.

All my tenants have been people I've met through organizations I belong to (a very social church group, the chamber of commerce, a book club, and toastmasters). If you want to be a landlord, IMO it really pays to get involved in local organizations.
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:11 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Talking Sub it out

Get yourself a good property manager and leave your cares behind. The 10%they charge is a tax-deductable expense of renting and THEY have to deal with the trivia.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: out in Midland County, Texas
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The property manager idea is a good one. And to build on the idea of using community organizations, sometimes you can find excellent HOUSE sitters by using PET sitters, who often are known to your veterinarian. Grad students, especially international students, can also be a good bet.
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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You should realize that ultimately nobody cares about your property except you.

You can have a great tenant, a wonderful friend or a very close relative but you are the one who is going to have to make the mortgage, pay the taxes, mow the grass, mend the roof or even sweep the floor...
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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I have a friend that own several houses. He requires references from past owners that they have rented from. Otherwise he says go with section 8 as they will inspect the place and after a tenet leaves they will reinspect and pay for any damages. He has some very good tenets really and rarely has to evict or do alot of repairs than normal.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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We went through a property management group and we are glad we did. They found us a wonderful tenant.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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for such a thing I would consider putting background checks on the application.
check up on it When they sign its ok for you to do so on their application.
I do not believe there is a fee if you check their background and credit if its on the app.
I love your community there I have a few friends that live there on the Eiland blvd side.
Good luck
~Jenn
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