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I got a call from a person who claimed to be having problems with their landlord regarding repairs that were not getting done. The complaints also included possible environmental and health issues.

I could have pushed the issue and attempted to land a job but I don't feel confident that my services are just what was needed in this case.

I directed them to the housing authority.

Would any of you handled this differently?

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I politely decline those sorts of jobs. I've never done one, but growing up in a family that had conscientiously managed rental property, I know how a lot of tenants will deliberately trash properties no matter how immaculate they were at move-in. That said, many, if not most landlords milk all the cash out of a property without taking into account that the tenants are (usually) people deserving a decent place and reasonable attention in return for their rent payments.

I'd still stay away if I were you. Chances are you'd get a bad check anyway -- the tenant may be trying to use your report to justify not paying rent.

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Originally posted by John Dirks Jr

I got a call from a person who claimed to be having problems with their landlord regarding repairs that were not getting done. The complaints also included possible environmental and health issues.

I could have pushed the issue and attempted to land a job but I don't feel confident that my services are just what was needed in this case.

I directed them to the housing authority.

Would any of you handled this differently?

I did a few such jobs, but I had my lawyer on board before I did anything. I have an agreement with my lawyer -- if she'll do the job pro bono, I'll do the job pro bono.

WJ

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