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3 Kinds of Tenants: A Gross Generalization

Hi all,

Sometimes gross generalizations can be helpful I think. They may be inaccurate, but at least they get us thinking.

I was driving home from the Zen Center this morning and I started thinking about my tenants, and decided they fall into two categories. I’m going to call these two categories the pleasing tenant and the neutral tenant. These are both good categories.

The pleasing tenant is the most fun. They send you Christmas cards and notes with their rent check, and you become friends, or at least friendly with them. These people offer you coffee when you go to fix their faucet !

The second gross category of tenant is the neutral tenant. They don’t care to have a relationship with their landlord. They already have busy lives, and don’t care that much about their landlord unless something breaks. These kinds of tenants are great too.

I intentionally said that my tenants fall into two categories. That’s because I avoid the 3rd category of tenant. The category of tenant you truly want to avoid is the “stickin it to the man” tenant. These are the people who fill out an application and they don’t have a bank account because they don’t want to deal with “the man.” They don’t believe in credit cards, or the government, and sometimes they want to share these beliefs with you when they apply. I don’t have anything against people who are thinking about America this way. In a lot of ways I admire them and support them, and believe the same things. But guess what – as soon as you become their landlord, you become THE MAN – and – they are gonna stick it to ya !

As always, your comments are welcome.