Posted by sfshadow on January 23, 2001 at 15:52:36:
Thanks so much for posting your story, it is tempting to enter into deals with tradesmen it all sounds so reasonable and thrifty in the beginning. I like contracts, certificates of insurance, deadlines etc…I actually had a seductive (not sex…)conversation with a guy who could do work for me, tried to convince me he would work while living in a rehab, blah, blah…I said no. As a paralegal I also look at all liability stuff, do you really want someone living in a property that isn’t really habitable?, equipment left around, possible electrical problems, you all have been around work sites…also, why would someone who is supposed to work for rent work at rocket speed?
And Brad your attorney was so right. Everyone…never, never, never turn the utilities off on a tenant. Especially if you screwed up and didn’t take care of business. that is just wrong. Also, don’t change locks without the sheriff present. just my 2 cents.