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Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Jun 13, 2013 7:11 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by WMH [NC]) Jun 13, 2013 7:14 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Jun 13, 2013 7:16 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Nancy [NJ]) Jun 13, 2013 7:31 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Jun 13, 2013 7:37 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by melinda [MD]) Jun 13, 2013 8:54 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Mike45 [NV]) Jun 13, 2013 9:51 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Jun 13, 2013 10:40 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 13, 2013 11:37 AM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Rocky68 [MI]) Jun 13, 2013 1:57 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Sparta [OR]) Jun 13, 2013 2:15 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Jun 13, 2013 3:55 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Mike45 [NV]) Jun 13, 2013 4:09 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Hollis [MA]) Jun 13, 2013 4:10 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Laura [GA]) Jun 15, 2013 7:50 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Cathy [MO]) Jun 16, 2013 6:04 PM
       Showing an apt. for rent (by Cathy [MO]) Jun 16, 2013 6:04 PM


Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 7:11 AM
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I am currently "trying" to show an apartment for rent. The current tenant is leaving at the end of June and I'd like to get it rented for July 1st. I just had two other apts. with tenants in them showed them, they looked great, I found good renters the first day I showed them. This apt. is a mess!, I gave the girl a weeks notice that I would be showing it. I told her the nicer it looked the easier it would be for me to rent and the less I would have to show it/disturb her. I went in the first day the place was a mess, dirty clothes everywhere, unmade bed, dirty dishes. (She is not home when I show it,) No takers for the apt. The next week, I go to show it, I get there early, the place is a mess, I pull the covers up on the bed, take the lump of hair out of the tub, and close the shower curtain. I went to show it today, she put a big note on her door, "do not touch or rearrange my belongs". I have been a landlord for 15 years and own multiple units, most tenants will pick up if they know I'm coming. So my question is, was I wrong to pull the covers up on her bed? and close the shower curtain? I've had guys before, who have left dirty dishes and I've washed them, no complaints from them :) Its hard enough to show an apt. with renters in it. Its really hard to get it rented when its a mess. --65.175.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 7:14 AM
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Money Talks. Call/text her and ask her if you can pay for a cleaner, or pay HER to clean before the next showing. Tell her you will also give her a bonus of $50 if you get it rented when she is still there, but that you can't do so if it's not ready to show. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 7:16 AM
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Great, idea!! Thanks!! --65.175.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Nancy [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 7:31 AM
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Maura - I keep a file of photos for each of the apartments we have that I can show / share with potential new tenants while still occupied with old. This way the potential tenant already has what the apartment has to offer.

Also when I rec'v notice from tenant that they are vacating ( lease end etc. ) I pre-arrange dates for showing usually between the 5th & 10th so I can get the next tenant in by 1st of following month. Whereby I explain to the current tenant on xx date I will be showing the apartment from xx hours to xx hours I try for when they are work but also when people can make it after their work too - I explain to tenant what I will expect of the apartment - clean etc. I also ask the tenant not to be home and I provide a gift cert. to local pizza place so they can go there to eat that day for dinner.

When I advertise the apartment I explain that xx date is the date apartment will be shown ( as I do not want to monopolize on current tenants' privacy - most find this understandable as I explain that the apartment is still current tenant's home etc. ) I then make appointments 10-15 mins apart on that one date - so far I have been successful with this - the $$ I put out for the dinner out weighs a month of lost rent. --68.197.xx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 7:37 AM
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Hi Nancy: That is exactly how I scedule my appts. I show it one day a week, 15 mins apart. I did have before pictures that I posted on Craigs list. That is what is drawing in all the potential tenants but when they see it: YUCK! I have been showing it while she is at work, so I haven't had to put her out. But I do like the Pizza certificate idea!! --65.175.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 8:54 AM
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We went through this several months ago. Their dog left "surprises" on the carpet, bed was not made and clothing was all over the place. When they left they took the washer and dryer with them. (Idid get them back!) Some people are just not very nice. --69.161.xx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 9:51 AM
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Maura, yes, you were wrong for straightening up the place. You have no business doing anything with her things.

I understand that many tenants will not mind, in fact, will enjoy the "cleaning services" being provided free of charge, but others will not.

It is the tenant's space. Pure and simple.

As a general rule, I do not show places that are occupied. I consider some down-time to be part of my normal overhead. I usually paint the interior between each tenant, I usually have a deep cleaning done. And I do not show the place until this has been done.

--67.233.xxx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 10:40 AM
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I appreciate your thoughts Mike45. --65.175.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 11:37 AM
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Maura, this is a tough one. Might need to wait it out.

We offer them Jeffrey's idea: $50 to help us re-rent but it may not make a difference to this person. Slobs are slobs.

This might also be a "passive aggressive" action on the part of the res.

Wonder if we could put this on the application: "are you a slob?"

Future: we're having great success with spontaneous house visits to applicants BEFORE approval. VERY telling! You would have seen her slobbiness.

I'm LOVING Nancy's "We'll pay for dinner to get you (and Fido) out of the house!" --67.175.xx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Rocky68 [MI]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 1:57 PM
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All leases end June 1, so I usually have 2 or three apartments to show. If one doesn't show well I show the others, and tell them it's identical. Once it's vacated, they look and confirm. I've found poor taste, too cluttered, and just plain dirty to be more offensive to prospects than undies on the floor, unmade beds or dirty dishes. --68.168.x.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Sparta [OR]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 2:15 PM
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If she is dirty, she won't clean for pizza or anything else. Sometimes it works out that you can show it before and sometimes not. I schedule one showing to see how it goes. If it isn't good, then I just wait.

Don't touch her things. She could get really nasty with you. Would you want your realtor to come in and move your stuff around while trying to sell you house? She gave you a clear warning, don't ignore it. --207.109.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Maura [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 3:55 PM
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I appreciate everyone's input, its great to get other landlord opinions. It does state in my lease that, once they give their notice that I will begin to show it and that the unit must be kept in clean and tidy condition to show. I will not touch her "stuff" again :) I didn't think pulling the blankets up on the bed was that "bad" but I can also see her point too.

Thanks guys :) --65.175.xxx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 4:09 PM
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Maura, you can use that clause to try to force the T to be cooperative, but if the Tenant is being a bit$#, there is nothing you can do to cure her of it!

--67.233.xxx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 4:10 PM
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We do it differently, offering 100.00 if we accept the person that it is shown to. I think 50.00 is too low to motivate anyone these days, at least here.In fact a 100.00 barely excites some. If it works,. its a very cheap way to rent it out right away.

In their last month we have them,.. with their permission,.. show the unit. (We have in our contract that only information from the office is valid and the prospective tenants needs to call with any questions and current tenants, handymen or anyone else is authorized to give accurate information.)

We do find the current tenants talk up what great landlords we are and what a great place this is.

However I know that our method would freak out some here.IE: I have not met a tenant beforehand in about 25 years. I don't know what any tenant looks like or how they keep their car ( I know these are big things that some here look at)

Early on I realized that the few people that I made overide exceptions when I tried to use these things, (looks, maybe how they present themselves) turned out as some of my best long term tenants. Others that looked SO good in person and had a nice tidy car etc. were some of the worst, and NO I am convinced that "looking someone in the eye" tells you nothing because I have had some look me rt in the eye and lied through their teeth. I have some that wouldn't look you in the eye very much been great honest tenants.

BTW I have had some managers who were SURE that THEY could tell from that cause THEY were convinced that they had a gift of doing this, which was proven time and time again that they were ultimately wrong.

What we do is check them out electronically esp credit reports, criminal back grounds, some data reports on evictions etc,etc. We do not call last landlords for obvious reasons, we MAY call the ones before that. If credit address don't match we find out why.

We have had very little problems over the years in finding/keeping good tenants.

I have to admit that their initial contact when they call us and talk on the phone DOES carry some weight,...some people sound a bit crazy or sketchy in some ways. --96.236.xxx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Laura [GA]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2013 7:50 PM
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I don't show until the place is vacated and completely move in ready. I have tried to get it done while still occupied, but feel like people come see it when it first gets listed so if they see it dirty or cluttered, they won't come again to see it all shiny and cleaned up. --76.97.xx.xxx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Cathy [MO]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2013 6:04 PM
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I want to do what one speaker said, charge tenant fee and give them award if they help to find a new tenant., but I don't know how to word it. --108.218.xx.xx




Showing an apt. for rent (by Cathy [MO]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2013 6:04 PM
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I want to do what one speaker said, charge tenant fee and give them award if they help to find a new tenant., but I don't know how to word it. --108.218.xx.xx





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