There are many ‘common’, albeit ridiculous things that we hear over and over in Property Management. We asked our Facebook audience to share their favourites with you for your entertainment. Some will make you laugh and others will make you cringe. Enjoy.
Tenant: ‘We have no hot water.’
PM: ‘Have you checked the pilot light is lit?’
Tenant: ‘Ummm, what’s the pilot light?’
My card (bank account) was hacked. I’ll pay rent when they send me the new card because they had to close my account.
The property has been advertised for one week; the rent’s far too high because the owner refuses to lower it.
“So what’s the plan? Why isn’t it renting? Can you take off the letting fee?”
Do we have to set up all the utilities? I thought you did all that?
I know it is 5 pm Friday, but I’ve had no hot water since Monday.
End of tenancy; “Can I get my week in advance back?”
When tenants are applying; “I love cleaning. My friends say I’m a bit OCD”
First inspection; “Sorry for the mess, the kids have been on holidays from school”
2nd inspection; “oh, I’ve been sick for a few days”
Can we get the tenant to pay for that?
It’s cleaner than when I moved in!
No one answered so I didn’t leave a message.
Will you negotiate your commission? XYZ real estate is cheaper.
I can’t pay rent this week can you just use my 2 weeks rent in advance.
– My last agent loved me they were sad to see me go.
– You can’t show people through until I have vacated.
– You cannot do routine inspections when I am not here.
– I work 8-5 Mon-Fri can I have an inspection after hours?
I want to make a complaint – your stupid property manager won’t stop calling me about my rent. If this continues I will be contacting my solicitor as this is harassment!
It’s not my *insert animal type here* – my friend has gone on holidays and I’m just pet sitting.
I don’t care if I have a bad rental history, I’ll find a place on Gumtree.
Every inspection scheduled without fail the same tenant phones with severely put on sick voice ‘I have the flu and don’t want to give it to you, can we reschedule for next week or the week after?’
This house is unlivable. I need a plumber today (On Saturday) dripping tap in the ensuite bathroom. Went out and tightened it and it stopped.
Owner: Why should I fix the oven? It was working when they moved in; they must have broken it.
~Raelene Jolly Stojanovic
I can’t afford to pay my rent because I just bought a house and I can’t pay the rent and mortgage at the same time. Why can’t the owner just let me go?
– No my boyfriend does not live here he is just staying over for a while please sign my Centrelink form for me to get full rent assistance.
– I am on holidays and the rent will get paid when I am back at work.
– My mother died last week (and last month) so I cannot pay the rent.
– The dog chewed my bank card and I’m waiting to get a new one.
– I lost my wallet.
Tenant (or owner) “Sorry I yelled/got grumpy/abused you when you asked me to pay my overdue water invoice/rent/electricity. I was having a bad day.”
I work 8-5, can the contractor come around after then or on the weekend?
It worked fine when I lived there!
Everything worked fine when you sold me the house 5 years ago. You’ve obviously sold me a lemon.
It was like that when we moved in and yes it is on the Entry Condition Report.
I’m going on holidays for two weeks, so why should I have to pay rent if I’m not living there?
I just got back from holiday yesterday so haven’t had time to clean for the inspection.
Me: your direct debit reversed again. Tenant: there must be an issue with the bank!!!
It was like that when I moved in. Actually, it was worse.
I left this place cleaner than I entered it!!! *Cough cough*
Report minor maintenance to an owner “Can we please arrange a quote for that?”
What time are you coming to do your inspection?
Tenant: Can you come around after lunch on Sunday (to do a routine)?
You’re increasing my rent? Well here’s a list of maintenance I’ve been collecting and I want it fixed ASAP.
Renter; It’s not my house, why would I fix it?
You property managers never seem to stick around very long.
It’s not my pet. I’m just minding it so I thought that would be ok.
“Can you stop all the traffic?” Rented a house on a major intersection.
“Can I use my bond to cover the last four weeks of my rent?”
My aunt died so I had to use the rent money for the funeral.
“Once I’ve bought groceries and paid my rego then what’s left will go towards rent”!
I wish I had a private tenancy agreement instead of going with a property manager.
“I paid it last night.”
“I’m just minding it for a friend.”
“When I was making a rent payment, I didn’t check which account I was paying into so I paid my rent money to my car loan so rent will be a bit late”
I have asked for repairs to be done for years, show them routine tenant was home and said no to any repairs needed.
Big hole in the wall, that’s wear and tear.
I’ll be in this afternoon to pay rent.
What do you mean I’m a week behind? I’m two weeks in advance!
I’m not paying for an electrician, I’ll fix it myself!
Too wet to mow the lawns.
I’ve got gastro can I move my inspection.
I’m going to pay it all next week.
Is the rent negotiable?