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My House is Your House

Riki Goldstein

Supplementing your income by renting out a small piece of your property sounds like a dream deal. But what’s the real cost? What makes a good tenant — and how can one be a good landlord? Four landladies reveal the highs, the lows, and the laughs of sharing their homes with a tenant.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The ideal tenant is…  
Someone uncomplicated — you never know what will come up, so you don’t want someone who can give you a hard time. Reliable, because I have to pay my mortgage on time. Ideally I look for a family at the same age and stage as my own, so that my kids’ noise and music doesn’t make them crazy. Clean is important too — well, I guess that’s kind of obvious.Leah, Monsey 
A tenant who pays the rent — I’m not fussy aside from that! Oh, and obviously, since they live right next to us, they have to be frum. I can’t bring someone who is inappropriately dressed into my chareidi building. Ora, Yerushalayim 
I like tenants who have full-time jobs, so that they won’t hang around and nudge me too much. My basement is a studio, so I only take singles. I take non-Jewish tenants, but we ask for a ton of references and information, almost like a shidduch, to make sure we’re getting someone respectable. I have to screen very carefully, since I wouldn’t want a young person who is loud and wild, or someone who will wreck the place. Ruchele, Toronto

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