Landlords have duty to fix, maintain tenants’ homes

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I work as a landlord with a great company, and I hear so many horror stories every day about landlords. Some of these folks leave me with my jaw dropped because I cannot believe the negligence these landlords are getting away with. You have a responsibility to your tenants from whom you’re taking rent to keep your properties in good standing.

I am the type of person who puts himself in the other guy’s shoes. If it were you or one of your loved ones being treated this way, you would not tolerate this. It is your duty — not the tenants’ — to make the proper repairs unless the tenants are at fault for damage. How can you rest easy at night knowing the danger in which you’re putting some of these underprivileged folks?

There are laws that protect tenants from this type of landlord negligence. If you find yourself a victim of these negligent landlords, please go seek legal advice. So many times, I hear people are afraid to pursue solutions due to the fear of retaliation.

Go talk with your landlord about the problem. Make sure you document everything that’s going on with your situation and what the landlord or property manager plans to do about fixing your problem. If you do not get any results in a timely manner, then it’s time to take action. I myself have fallen into this type of situation once in my life, and I am very passionate about this type of situation.

My advice to all landlords is to keep a very good reputation. It’s so much nicer to have a good review and nice place and keep folks coming back. You get bad tenants — we all do — but you weed those out and keep on planting. You always take pride in your business and good name. Once you lose that, it’s very hard to regain people’s confidence. You get what you put into your business.

Let’s all strive to help make Wilson a nice place for everyone to find decent housing at affordable prices. God bless!

Terry Horne