So, check it…
I got a phone call 2 days ago from one of my longest and most faithful tenants (since 2005). Initially, I thought I was going to be on the receiving end of a winter maintenance call, so I was hesitant to answer. Apparently plumbers are so busy right now that they have a 2 week waiting list, not to mention their winter service charge, which I guarantee doesn’t line up with their summer pricelist. Anyways…it wasn’t anything to do with maintenance; it was actually a little worse.
My tenant didn’t beat around the bush; she basically said she is going to be moving out at the end of the month. I was pretty surprised because I thought she was a keeper. Apparently her kids are becoming teenagers, so they need their own rooms (they’re currently sharing). I remember at the age of 13, I was growing bigger in all areas and I needed more private space to experiment with the curiosities puberty bring- so I can fully appreciate their situation.
Losing good tenants is a BIG loss
The thing is with good tenants is that they’re extremely difficult to find, and you don’t actually know when you have one until about 4 months into a tenancy agreement. So it’s not like you can just pick one out of a crowd.
She’s been real good to me and my property over the years. Granted, she’s had a few psychotic episodes which made me question her sanity, but ultimately, she was cool like bubble gum. Looking back over the years, the soppy old tart has made my landlording experience a lot less complicated that it could have been. In comparison to some of my other current and ex tenants, she gets 5 out of 5. She’s a good tenant, too. Har har har.
Right, so what does this all mean? It means I now have to go through the bitterly frustrating dramatics of recruiting suitable tenants. Great. I hate this part. For those who are regular readers of this deadbeat blog, you’ll already know I despise lettings agents and their shitty fees, so I do all the recruiting in-house, baby!
I’ve already documented how I previously obtained tenants by using my own shady methods, and I’ll be utilizing the same shady methods again. For those that missed the documented milestone of my Landlording life, you can ketchup like a squashed tomato over here, Finding Tenants Without Using A Letting Agent.
Here’s a quick recap of the methods I used last time, which I’ll be using again:
- Put an ad on gumtree
- Use social networking sites to spread the word e.g Facebook and Myspace
- Create and print out flyers and put them in shop windows
My only fear right now is that I unintentionally replace my current groovy tenant, with a shit-for-brains waster. Anyone ever lost a great tenant? It’s like losing an erection during climax, right? Urgh.
Wish me luck!