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Why renting sucks

Postby MemberSince99 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:42 pm

Actually there are lots of reasons why it sucks, I think the biggest has to be the fact you get nothing for all that money you spend in terms of your future - what's spent for rent today is spent for rent today, and that's it. It also blows dealing the fact that it's basically like living in the parent's basement but also paying the mortgage for them at the same time - pretty much a lose-lose situation for you but nice for the beneficiary of it.


Personally I also dislike the fact that even though a no smoking clause is in the lease that everyone still living here has signed, I can't open my windows many nights that are nice (like tonight) because of all the smoke that is coming in through them - I tried that tonight, got one whiff (it was like an 80s bar) and just closed them back up. I mentioned this to the owners, but of course enforcing it isn't something they care to actually do so basically the response was "we'll look into it" which means we will do nothing at all, translated into "real world speech".


I think the last thing that sucks about it is, as soon as they know you're leaving, the showing the place harassment starts. In my case I was dumb enough to give them as much notice as possible, which now I would never do, so even though I'm liable for 2 1/2 months more here of rent, they no doubt are eagerly waiting for me to leave (or possibly hoping to drive me out with constant showings of the place) so they can double dip. Not on my watch. Once the closing goes through I can move there, and then they can show it 24/7 for all I really care, but by God if I catch them double dipping, I will do whatever I can to make it cost them.
First showing is tomorrow afternoon even though I have boxes piled up in the living room for whenever I move (that should be at my leisure since I have to pay them for 2 1/2 more months) and you know what, too bad they will just have to walk around the mess just like I do. If they were reasonable, I'd work with them to minimize it and maybe work a deal to leave early but they will only screw me so I want every day of rent I pay for, though their harassment will no doubt drive me to actually move sooner than I intended to. Their harassment is totally legal as long as they give proper notice though.


So I'm sure their tactic will cause me to move sooner, but I'm still not turning it over to them until 10/31 which is what I have to pay for as they reminded me. I reminded them that I do indeed have to pay for through 10/31, and that as a result, it's mine until 10/31 is up, in case they forgot. I figured that was a courtesy just like them reminding me of the rent I owe them :)


Yeah I hate these f***ers, I at least admit it! Oh well soon enough I'll never see them again and that will be a happy day for all concerned.


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Postby onion » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:59 pm

You just hate everything related to housing, don't you? :ppp

I'm currently renting an apartment. The maintenance guys as well as some morons from the leasing office decided it was okay to start barging into my place without knocking or any warning. Consider yourself lucky, I'd rather schedules showings than that. Related story...

Today, I was expecting maintenance to come by and finish fixing my AC, as well as the owner of the complex to make sure the job is getting done properly this time. I was sitting in the living room waiting around and cleaning my rifles. I hear a noise at the door, and since it isn't a great neighborhood and there has been a lot of crime recently, I make my way to the hallway that leads to the entrance, rifle drawn, and at that exact moment the owner of the complex barges in. She obviously shrieks and retreats. I end up having to go after them and let them know that if they don't knock or say maintenance, I can't guess that its them and not someone breaking in. I doubt they'll be doing this again anytime soon.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:02 am

Could be. I've driven by the house a few times and noticed that it looks like one of the neighbor's vehicles is always on the parking slab for the place. Not my concern - YET, but if this continues after closing, it will need to be dealt with. That's all I need is to live next to hillbilly rednecks - been there and done that and didn't find it a lot of fun. Those sort are big on parking in your driveway - it's their driveway when they want to park in it, but I noticed they never shovel it so it's yours when it's maintenance time. Got to love those sort of people. (And yes I really did have that happen - this is Wisconsin which is pretty much the redneck capitol of the country. I saw more Confederate flags flying here than I did when I was down south).


I keep my 9 mm locked and loaded right by my bed. Last winter when the pipe burst in the unit above me, one of them just walked in the next day without knocking or anything. I called him out on that and complained but at this place of course that's pointless. God I'm tired of renting these dumps what a stupid waste of good money.


I just want to build a big fence around my place to keep my redneck neighbors the hell away from me. I don't want to meet or know them I don't care who they are I just want them to leave me the hell alone and I'll be happy to return the favor.

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Postby popamode72 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:13 am

I'd rather rent a house than to continue to keep living in this awful apartment I live in now. It's so annoying and people are constantly making noise here at night and don't let anyone sleep a lot of the time and plenty of screaming to go with it sometimes. The management also seems to be very lenient on people and what they can do in this neighborhood to the point where I think my mom once said that she saw someone urinate on the steps or something.

Really hope that isn't but yeah. I also miss being able to just take a short walk over to the mailbox and not have to go through waiting a certain period of time to get a package at the apartment office. They also charge like 50 bucks a month just to be able to have my dog live in the apartment with us and that's annoying too as well as having to deal with some idiot who can't even park her car properly and another neighbor who's overly uptight about my dog being able to defecate or urinate in certain places outside.

Definitely moving out of this dump at the end of the year and only moved here because of a foreclosure my parents were going through. Chase was involved in it and these Asian couple ended up buying the house and they were so picky too with what refrigerator they wanted my dad to buy for them and also really strict on how quickly they wanted my family out of the house. All of that happened a year ago and the foreclosure threats began probably in 2010 or 2011 after my dad had to close down his restaurant business.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:30 am

Wow that place sounds really dumpy. It's not that bad here but it's still a waste of good money to rent, no question. After being a tenant who always pays in full and on time, doesn't cause issues or trash the place, I really don't have any sympathy for landlords who get people who aren't that way. They don't appreciate the good ones so they deserve what they get.

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Postby popamode72 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:52 am

For the noise issue, I usually have my headphones on a lot and have something playing in the background so I can ignore it. Usually helps quite a lot and having some white noise or music on at night when the neighbors are acting up, which thankfully doesn't happen all the time but lately it's been happening more frequently, also really helps me out too. The worst part about this apartment are how paper thin the walls seem to be cause it's very easy to hear someone talk outside which is where a lot of the problems keep stemming from.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:40 am

That just doesn't sound good at all.

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Postby popamode72 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:09 am

I was almost gonna live in the city earlier this year in one of my college's dorms and it was honestly 1000x worse than where I'm living now and the smell of the dorm I was gonna stay in was just unbelievable so that really helped to put things in perspective.

As bad as my current neighborhood is, it could always been way worse. Thankfully only four more months of this so I think I can hold out for a bit longer. Been living here since late January of last year.
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Postby otter » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:58 pm

Renting does suck... I just moved and am renting in a "12-plex" owned by this lady from India whose English is so bad she might just work as a Crap One CSR in her free time. My first month here she called me the 10th of the month at 11:30pm saying I didn't pay my rent. Umm, I said half asleep, I paid your property manager when I moved in otherwise I wouldn't have been allowed to move in.

"Well, I have no proof of dat." she says.

I just hung up on her. I guess she found her proof... I have mine.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:04 am

There is good and bad in homeownership - it all depends on the situation.

If the local economy is booming, and jobs are plentiful while housing is scarce, it is great to be a landlord.

If jobs and good tenants are leaving, and housing becomes plentiful, landlords have to either lower rents to the point they are losing money or take on high-risk deadbeats who can destroy the property. Landlords also have to keep a lot of cash in reserve for emergency repairs. To be conservative, you need a big down payment. Owning a property without a lot of equity in it is, financially, just a rental with a big mortgage on it.

A lot depends on state law. CA, for example, favors tenants. NY is more friendly landlords.

If you're going to stay in one place for decades, though, it is rarely best financially to rent, though. I'm not at all settled in one area so buying would be a bad idea.

A relative used to rent a house to a couple for about 30 years. They liked the place, and paid on time, but didn't speak much English. They were afraid to sign any purchase contract in a language they didn't understand, and didn't trust anyone to serve as a translator. So, they just rented it one month at a time.

Those rent payments could have bought the house several times over.
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