rent cautiously, rent wisely.

Tenant problems plague landlords every day.  Last month I learned my first real lesson as a landlord.

I’ve been a landlord now for 14 months, I must admit I’ve had pretty decent tenants, but, these last tenants though have had me scratching my head and have me wondering what I got myself into ūü§∑ūüŹĽ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ.

As a first time landlady I opted to go small and with something with less of a financial burden just in case this didn’t work out. ¬†I opted for a mobile home, it was a bit outdated and needed some love but it was structurally sound and I would make a cute little home for someone.

I’m always keen to expand my wings and into trying something new, which means at times I’m¬†bound to¬†get burned. ¬†They say you learn by trial and error. ¬†Fact.

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I’m not naive, in this situation I just followed my heart, not my head.

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Lesson 1: ¬†Rent wisely – ¬†we all know what we should do. ¬†We read the regulations and laws and we say we won’t to it, but then we do, we are human after all ¬†… don’t get sucked in by personal stories. Stick to facts, employment and references. ¬†I felt sorry for this prospective tenant and her situation. ¬†Her grand children were taken away from their mother and she needed a place to live so they could stay together and not be put in foster care. ¬†So, I opted to forgo all rational reasoning and rented to her because I felt bad for HER situation. DON’T!

Lesson 2: ¬†Get your tenant to sign the lease agreement BEFORE they even move in one piece of furniture – you take for granted that most folk are like minded and salt of the earth people, of course they’ll sign the agreement cause they said they will. ¬†No, they always won’t, because not everyone is like you. ¬†Do not allow them so move in anything before they are in agreement with your rules as a landlord and sign off on the rental agreement and inspection report. ¬†I let my tenant move in without signing the Residential tenancy agreement¬†FIRST. ¬†To this day she hasn’t, which lead to me having to follow up with her repeatedly and serve her with a notice to vacate. ¬†All of this after 4 months.

Lesson 3: ¬†Rent to those who will respect your property – ¬†whether you are renting your castle in the woods, your pop up tent or your mobile home …. it’s still YOUR property and they are renting it from you. ¬†Make sure to rent to someone who will respect your property. ¬†I get that things break from time to time, of course they do. ¬†But, it’s not mere coincidence that for 13 months you hear nothing from other tenants and all of a sudden with new tenants – handles which were previously affixed with no problems are all broken off, air vents are caved in, kitchen cabinet doors are “falling off” and door handles are broken … Things happen but they don’t always¬†“just happen”. ¬†Handles WILL break when kids are left to climb up on them, cabinet doors WILL come off their hinges if kids yank on them, air vents will cave in if kids are allowed to jump on them.

Lesson 4: Move-in inspection report –¬†This is the second-most important document in the landlord-tenant relationship. This tenant refused to even go over the move in inspection report. ¬†The report quantifies and documents the condition of a property so that, when the tenant leaves, any damage caused is clear. A thorough and concise move-in report card is a sure-fire way of avoiding significant disputes over tenant-related damage. This should be interesting when the tenant vacates at the end of the month and the inspection wasn’t completed. ¬†It’s a good thing I took photos beforehand!

Some photos of the damage this particular tenant caused:

I know some of you are like “well like c’mon you made obvious mistakes” to which I’d say “correct, lesson learned and you can be sure I won’t make them again”.

Have any of you guys had any stories of places that you’ve rented or been the landlord?

Namaste

T xo


 

Welcome to My Life

It’s been awhile since my last blog. ¬†I’ve started and stopped so many different blogs but for some reason or another never brought myself to finish them.

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Today, I invite you on a little¬†journey … Like so many of us, I started strong this past January with the New Years resolutions and the “2017, get ready to be owned!” mantras, but like so many others, mine fell apart shortly after declaring my owning 2017. ¬†It’s no surprise that ONLY 9.2% of us who make resolutions in some way, shape or form¬†feel they are successful in achieving their resolution (weight loss topped the list of 10 at #1 btw).

A year and a half ago I did not struggle with body image issues or self esteem issues. I liked going out and dressing up. ¬† I was 5’6″, 122 lbs and I had boundless amounts of energy. ¬†I loved life and was always up for taking on new challenges. ¬†I ate pretty clean (but definitely wasn’t too hard core), I worked out occasionally (I’ve never been a huge gym person) but I was definitely always active.

We moved West around that time and likely as a result of adjusting to new surroundings, ¬†dealing with life circumstances and making poor food choices I began to gain weight. ¬†At first it was like 1 lb here, 2 lbs there – my attitude was like “well, when in Rome”. ¬†At first I didn’t really notice the weight gain, I mean I work from home and I live in leggings and Lulu Lemons. ¬†I knew my clothes were getting tighter, but that just depressed me even more, so I just said “hey wanna grab some wings and pints?” – see WRONG choice lol .

‚ÄúYour attitude determines your altitude!‚ÄĚ ~Denis Waitley

None of my clothes fit and the few that did were pretty darned snug (thank you leggings!). ¬†I had no energy, like it was zapped and this was after my severe anemia had resolved itself with 9 months of iron supplements. ¬†I started getting depressed about the amount of weight I had gained. I didn’t know how much cause I wouldn’t dare hop on the scale.

I finally decided to give my head a shake and get my self¬†together, start treating myself better and taking responsibility for my life …. MAKE ADJUSTMENTS NOT EXCUSES!

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So, I ordered what I refer to as my “superfoods” and joined a 16 week body¬†transformation challenge to hold myself accountable. The day I took my measurements and weighed myself for the first time in a year and half, I almost started to cry, ¬†literally – ¬†ok, to be totally truthful, I cried and not only did I cry – I sobbed – uncontrollably – it was worse than I thought. I had gained 35 lbs! ¬†Count them ….¬†1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35!

Ok, so I gained 35 lbs, it’s not the end of the world – I gotta make changes, and work hard. ¬†But, this is DOABLE – anything worth having is worth working for. ¬†If it were easy, we’d all fine specimens.

I made changes in things like my coffee. I switched from a large Tim Horton’s double double (280 cals) to a product that is healthy and frankly tastes waaayyy better and is less bitter – and contains green tea extract, trace minerals, and coconut oil – I can even drink this one black so buh-bye sugar and cream.

I’ve also switched from taking a caffeine pill or pop/soda (synthetic) to an energy shot (drink) that is full of adaptogens (ideal for combating stress, providing clarity, and promoting physical performance, energy) and it contains a naturally sourced caffeine derived from green tea and yerba mate. ¬†I did a lot of research before choosing – when shopping for caffeinated beverages, here‚Äôs a useful tip: If you see the word ‚Äúcaffeine‚ÄĚ on the ingredient list, that means it‚Äôs synthetic. If natural plants containing caffeine are added, you will see the actual name of the botanical, such as guarana, yerba mate or green tea.

In the 1.5 weeks that I’ve chosen this superfoods regime and made small, but important choices, I’ve lost 5 lbs. ¬†This is not water weight either, because I drink 1/2 my body weight in water daily (so three of my 24 oz water bottles).

How many of you out there are experiencing this right now and wanna do something about it? ¬†How many of you feel like you’re not living your best life and wanna do something about it?

I’ll keep you updated as I progress in my journey …and hope you follow along. ¬†Whatever excuses you may be using to avoid losing weight and getting healthy, get rid of them! There’s always something you can do and something is always better than nothing. Make some simple adjustments and get back in the game.

Namaste

T xo

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