Never in 17 years have we seen so many desperate moves on the
part of landlords when trying to get or retain a tenant: failure
to perform background checks, accepting sexual predators or
offenders, accepting tenants with foreclosures, allowing tenants
to move in with no money paid or uncleared funds, allowing work
in exchange for rent, waiving deposits, free rent during the
lease, renewal leases with past delinquencies, promissory notes,
overlooking noncompliances are just a few. While flexibility is
necessary in uncertain economic times, landlords need to look at
potential dangers to protect themselves when doing things novel
or out of the ordinary and act accordingly.
to see how to deal with landlord desperation.
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