Pitfalls for rental property owners

Thursday 2 December 2004

Juggling a full-time job with demanding tenants and expensive rental properties are more than enough responsibilities for most landlords. Kristina Greene seeks advice on keeping everyone satisfied.

By The Landlord

"My uncle died, and I had to give a koha at the tangi."

"I left my purse on the bus."

"It was my mother's 60th birthday last week and I had to buy her a nice gift."

In 20 years of being an Auckland landlord, Roger Clist has heard every imaginable excuse for rent arrears.

He has learned to take a firm, yet compassionate, stance, because what seems like the tallest story of all could be true.

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