I had a tenant who would make certain improvements to the rental and then expect to take the cost off the rent. I didn’t mind that much at first because he did things that I would have done. But he did not tell me until I got the rent – only minus the amount of repairs. It got to be a habit. The last straw was when he recarpeted the house and put on a new screen door! I told him that I did not agree to this, but he said “I’M sorry, but the money is already invested in YOUR house.” I then found a good eviction lawyer and learned about how to get rid of a real smooth operator. BUT that’s a whole ‘nother story.
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