Tenants vs landlords…
It’s so funny how in the last couple blogs it’s been a bitch bitch moan moan story. Honestly I detest it and try keep away from the daily unfairness and total disregard for each other in a cruel world. Light and upbeat is what I prefer but I guess though as the story effected me then I have to write about it. Can’t always have sparkles and sun flowers even in my world.
So times are rough and buying houses are a lot harder then it used to be so rentals are a thriving business and a lot more home makers renting these days. All I can say is after the experience I had in the last 3 months wow I’m so glad my folks talked me into buying my own house which is in Joburg.
I’m in The Bay, it’s been 3 months, I know feels longer and the drama of dealing with landlords is beyond my comprehension and patience. I have completely lost my mind at the situation.
Yes I get that some tenants are a nightmare and the state they live in or leave a rental is shocking and just disgusting. However, or but, flip a thousand buts… How can every tenant be treated in a manner that is so… Trying to think of the perfect explanation here, I guess disappointed, victimized, sad, angry etc etc. I think you get the point.
I actually said to Ragnar tonight, I understand why it’s easier to be hard or bitter or just plain full of shit that at the drop of the hat you fly off the handle and everyone leaves you alone. It’s not a nice place to be, we all been there. Being nice and sweet and understanding grrrr is becoming a challenge each day.
We are quiet, no party’s, no pets, no kids, no anything that is fun, walking on egg shells is the way to go. We pay our rent on time, give or take a day. Lease says 25th and Lord help you if it falls on a Sunday and you only get paid the Monday 26th. Never mind the debit orders trying to come off because every debtor assumes you got paid. So if it’s not a couple hours delay in payment or your family come to visit, living 600km away to bring you your odds and ends for your new home that you need. You of course ask them to stay the night it’s good to see them and so grateful they brought your things. It just becomes an Issue. issues, issues, just issues the landlord brings to our attention which leaves us shocked and bewildered. Never mind the electric gate not working, hot water being lukewarm or the electricity keep tripping due to earth leakage. Like a deer trapped in headlights that’s what it feels like.
Is it not a place to call home for the duration of the lease? Do you not pay a rental fee to place your living possessions in a four walled place and try to make it your home. After a hard day’s work you want to be able to come home and relax and switch off from the day. We very much know it’s not our place, the fact that we can’t drill a hole in the wall or see the landlord everyday because there is always something to be checked on. That’s the other thing, lots of renovation going on with the other units around us. 7 days a week and it’s constant, isn’t that an invasion of peace and quietness. We have to be. So we know it’s not our home but we most certainly take care of it like it’s our home.
The previous landlord, which I already spoke about in previous blogs, the Cockroach infested place and wouldn’t even send someone to fix a blind. One day late in paying rent and you swear blind we trashed the place rock-star style, not a peace of crockery or cutlery left. Nope we actually left the place in a better condition then when we moved in. All because one day late in paying the rent, where admittedly I got confused with the dates, a lot was going on and really would have appreciated a friendly reminder. After the rudeness that followed even an apology would not have made me want to stay a moment longer. To this day she still hasn’t found a tenant, so. I admit I was glad to leave and found a quieter place which suited us perfectly. Mmmmm or so we thought, not even a month and every day another issue.
I’m just so fed up. Landlords always complaining about tenants but what about the other way around.
I wonder about the tenants who don’t pay rent and cannot be kicked out onto the streets or the tenants who trash the place leaving damage to such an extent it takes months to renovate.
I was a landlord once and it was terrible experience but it taught me a lesson on how not be a bad tenant.
I wonder why honest, hard working, good people get treated like they’re invading the home they have a right to be in because they pay and contractually can live there.
I know I really hate bitching, and to think this is now twice. Has society become so dishonest and untrustworthy everyone bares the brunt of it.
I wonder does my landlord come into my home while I’m at work, noseing about? Why is it OK for him to keep moving goal posts.
I will say one thing it’s not everywhere, which makes me wonder if it’s more of a small town thing and the unfriendly folk who reside in it.
Another day, another week, another month and the time keeps getting longer.
I’m just saying…lol