I’d like to convince myself that it’s not my fault… but I’m a terrible liar.
It is my fault.
At least 99% of the time.
I’m talking about my landlord problems. We all have them and 99% of the time it’s because I don’t follow “the rules.”
When we are children, we believe our parents set up rules just to be mean, but as we grow, we realize those rules are fundamental in keeping us safe and progressing properly through life.
The same applies for the “landlord rules.”
They matter, and they are there for a reason.
When I follow the rules, things generally go well. When I deviate from my rules, and decide to do my own thing… well, things go down hill fast. I get crazy stressed, my wife and I start arguing, I don’t get to watch “House of Cards” with my sweetheart, and I go to bed hungry.
And somewhere a puppy is crying.
It’s not fun.
So today I decided to write down “the rules” in hopes that I won’t break them as often. When I look back on the problems I’ve faced in the past few years, nearly every major incident could have been avoided or better managed had I simply stuck to the rules.
Hopefully this list will help you as well.
If you notice any item on this list I forgot to include, do me a favor and add it in the comments at the bottom. Let’s get this list up to 100. Maybe more. Then maybe landlords, as a whole, won’t make so many mistakes.
With that, I give you:
13 Rules Great Landlords (Almost) Never Break
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