I have owned this property since 1983. It is the only rental property that I own and I take a very personal interest in ensuring that tenants feel comfortable and secure in a relatively quiet environment. I attempt to respond to any repairs as quickly as possible. Tenants are provided a list of pre-approved vendors that provide repairs to appliances and plumbing. Tenants are able to call these vendors whenever a problem arises, without my prior approval, and to schedule repairs directly with vendors. Once repairs are completed, the bill is sent directly to me. I encourage tenants to address repairs as soon as possible.
I am constantly looking for ways to improve this property to add features and amenities. I have personally added most of the ornate wood trim, such as chair rails, crown moldings, picture rails and wainscoting.
All of the tenants living in this building have been approved on the basis of their credit report.
I live approximately 2 miles from this apartment. You will find me working at the apartment numerous times throughout the year attending to minor repairs and keeping this building in top condition.
I published Landlord Blues in 2016 to capture my bizarre and crazy experiences as a landlord. Keep in mind that Downtown and Midtown Sacramento in 1983 was nothing like it is today. In the middle of the book are 20 very short stories about real incidents that I encountered, primarily from 1983 to 1993. By 1994 I had made nearly every mistake possible, but hey, I was still alive and by then more savvy than before.
The book encompasses my philosophy of how to manage residential real estate. You might be surprised at what I include in my 13 Golden Rules at the end of the book.
The book can be obtained from Amazon Kindle books for $4.99 and it is an easy and fun read where I spend a great deal of time laughing at myself and wondering how I survived.