Re: Windows that don't open?
by OK-LL on Monday, March 26, 2012 @23:48
If you have one window that opens in each room, that's safe and plenty. My own home is 1948 and has the original windows, and I have only one in each room that operates -- and I don't miss the others not being open at all! I open one window in various rooms for a cross-breeze and that's plenty. If you want all windows to work, you may want to find a house that has newer windows.
If the tub, shower & grout don't have permanent stains, yes any dirt should be cleaned. Remember, if the tub is original iron, using bleach will raise the iron and discolor, but the tub is actually clean.
Why do you care what holds the screen frames in at the bottom as long as you can remove the screens for emergency exit?
I have a handful of 1940s-1950s rental homes and most people rent them because they enjoy the vintage look and feel and they understand that the property is 60-70 years old and will not be perfect. My rentals are as-is, what you saw when you viewed the property is what you get and I price the properties accordingly. If I have replaced the original windows with new insulated windows, the rental price goes up accordingly to reflect the increased value.
I would not let a tenant "repair" or "improve" my property and would never give him a rent reduction for doing so. Why would I pay the new tenant to satisfy themselves? I'd rather find a tenant who enjoys the house as it is. If I pay for improvements, even those done by the tenant through rent reduction, I'm increasing rents to reflect the value of the improvements. If you want a better place, find a better place from the jump, don't expect the LL to finance the changes you don't want to live without, and then expect him to charge you the same rent he charged for the original property before his new investment!
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