My husband and I searched and searched for a good rental property and finally found something in our budget and location, however the master bathroom was being worked on. There was no use of the shower, bath or toilet. They promised it would be done in two weeks... and encouraged us to move in...two months later and it was finally done! What have you put up with a rental property?
My house was a rental for about 11 years and when I came back in was a total mess. I didn't hesitate to pay when there was something that needed to be repaired. Why not--the was only three years old when I PCS'd and it was my responsibility as a homeowner. The problem was with combination of contractor-management company. Management companies don't interest themselves with the work performed by its contractors (often ones that no one else will touch) or the condition of the property unless a roof or door is missing. Add a few non-responsive (or irresponsible) tenants in the process and you have a potential mess on your hands. I'll never rent out my house again. I know it's hard for some owners to sell and have to rent just so they can pay the bills for that property--but if you can sell--do it. It's not worth the headache. Most property managers won't care as long as they get their 8-10% (or more) of the rent. It's amazing how far they will stretch the "normal wear and tear" scale. I ended up gutting out my house to put it back to normal. My lawn was completely bare even though I had put in a sprinkler system. There are some good renters/homeowners and then there are some not so good renters/homeowners. One thing is for sure--it's almost impossible to find a property management company that will actually take care of your property.