I can't understand why people don't take pride in their homes. I know most people do, but it seems an inordinate number of renters just don't give a flying monkey's behind about their homes. My father and I went over to one of his rentals to do some routine maintenance. The outside of the house hasn't been painted in over 10 years and it desperately needed it. A few weeks ago, we went over there to replace the steel posts supporting the carport roof and paint the cement slab under it. At the time we noticed just how trashed the yard was. We told the people at that time that the regular upkeep of the outside was their responsibility per their lease (trash picked up, lawn mowed, that sort of thing.) So, we get there today. The yard was worse. There was also a ginormous glob of grease from the BBQ grill all over the freshly painted carport slab. We should have been able to prep the house and get the trim painted today, then get the rest of it done before lunch tomorrow. We barely got the trim on the front of the house done today.
I just don't understand it. When I live someplace, that home is an extension of me. I'd be horrified to let somebody see my home, rented or owned, in that state of trash-heap. And it's not just these people. I've noticed it with others of my father's tenants and my neighbors when I was living in apartments. *sigh*