Ooh, another one about my FIL:
In the process of renovating all these rental properties FIL has, he ends up filling his trunk with stuff. The theory is that he might as well haul this stack of two dozen paving stones and three sheets of drywall and two used toilets and who knows what else around, because what if he takes out a mostly-functional toilet from one house and throws it away but then needs to replace a toilet that was in even worse shape at another house? By keeping used junk in his truck, he won't have to buy new things!
Of course, the extra weight in his truck means extra gas, which probably negates any savings he may receive. And - in the case of the used toilets, which rode around in his truck for at least two years before he finally got rid of them - they made more work for other people: FIL works at a secure government facility, which means all vehicles have to be inspected every time they come in or out. Which means some poor security guard had to inspect the same two used toilets for TWO WHOLE YEARS (in addition to the daily construction detritus FIL carries around anyway).
He sounds like my former landlord! Who was cheaper than cheap. Mind you, he owns two rental houses, and lives in a nice home himself, but he refuses to spend ANY money on maintaining or fixing properly, anything in either house. And when something did need to be fixed, he took a ďwait and see and maybe I can fix itĒ approach. The one I was in had 4 apts. Mine was on the 3rd floor and had central a/c, in the attic above me. One day, during a torrential thunderstorm, water began to POUR down my LR wall from the attic. I called him, and he said oh, its just a small leak, Iíll be over sometime. I said NO, its pouring down you need to come NOW. so he does and its something simple with the a/c unit. Apparently it sits in a pain, with a drain, and somehow the drain had gotten clogged, so the water went everywhere. He then tried to blame it on the guys who had fixed my heat NINE months prior. I donít think so.
The end result was he got up and did whatever to unclog it, but the water had damaged my apt and the one below me. It took him MONTHS to fix, and even then he did a half-a**ed job.
The best one though was the wasps. I saw them in my apt, and called him. he found (donít know how) a nest under the siding. Now according to the exterminator we called, the best way to deal with these is put some type of powder that kills them around a hole you drill, and they carry it back to the nest and they all die. Cheapo landlord though called an ex. but I think he must have known him since they guy wasnít too interested. LL then drilled a hole, stuck a bug bomb in and let it rip. Scattering these wasps into the wall voids, and rendering my kitchen pretty much useless for a good 6 weeks. He refused to allow a pro to do the job as HE knew best. Shortly thereafter I moved out.
LLís former job was maintenance etc for various companies and he could do some things, but others no, yet he refused to pay anyone to do anything he couldnít do. It really was quite annoying.