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OHlandlord

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New to this site.  12 yrs in the LL business.  Anyone have any new ideas about filling vacancies in winter?

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ohlandlord..

I use a cheap paper that is posted on mailbox once a week, it's a lot cheaper than big paper ad.. Also get a big and sturdy sign with easy contact #. You prolly know this though...

 

Other thing is post ad on free sites on web..  I forget which are free( memory issues at the moment).

 

Also I have a question for you..

 

I rent in the bottoms of columbus ohio and have noticed this.. Even the hiltop isn't worth didly either..

 

Anyhow mainly that renting in semi low income areas(ok despressed, repressed, and totally opressed) bites cause they don't care on average cause they have n future goals or dreams.. So wage garnishment is usually a trial of fustration, futility, and patience.. Is it any better in middle lower middle class income areas?

 

 

 

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The wage garnishment system in OH sucks. Even in middle class areas where I rent 4 BD houses in nice suburban neighborhoods, we sometimes still get stiffed. People can always quit that job and immediately take another one. I find that with nurses, it's easy for them to switch jobs. (Big demand for nurses around here.) I try to screen these types out if possible, but it is impossible to always exclude them. I try to find people who have been at the same job for a few years, I know they probably won't leave their job if I need to go after their wages. For instance, right now I'm renting one SFH to a deputy sheriff, one to an accountant, and one to the manager of a big construction company. (They aren't going to be leaving those jobs.)  Of course, not all are rented to such good tenants. I've got some duplexes that don't have the best in them. One duplex has both sides paying rent late every month (just upped their late fees!) and another one has both sides that are Suction 8ers. Dumping one of them in April. (she's getting her notice this week.) Even when they do pay on time, I find that some just trash the places anyways. I had a firefighter with the VA cause almost $700 in damages from her kids.  The one main advantage to these renters is that they do have some credit and they don't want that trashed.  Still, unless the amount they owe is 100's of $, it just isn't worth it to go get a judgement.  By the time you do all the paperwork, pay the court fees, and make the time to go to court (just to not get paid) it isn't worth it.  I only go back for the judgement if I figure there is a chance in hell that one day these people will make something of themselves and I can collect.  A sect. 8er or someone on SS or disability -forget it.  I'll never collect.  I'll take it as a tax write off and at least get something.  Tenants just don't care anymore it seems.  Sigh!  The days of my grandmother taking their money & just shaking their hand with no written agreement are long over!
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I sorry OhioLandlord. I just figured if even lower middle class, they might have inspiration of having some thing more in their life than renting/moving every six months to year with landlord chasing them at their job..

 

Suction 8.. that to me is and osounds like a lost cause, like most on it are on a system ride longer than the highway to hell.. Meaning if total their credit they don't care cause they don't need it. And all the ads of car companies any credit we will sell you  a car come one folks throw me some inteligence in this world!

 

Oh well nuff of my thoughts I ramble. So your saying in not so many words even lower middle class still has problems about as bad as the bottoms?

 

as for wage garnishment laws, they are lousy and made by imncompetent twits that when they were in grade school lost their lunch and logic at a recese some where along the line and never recovered either.

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The middle class units seem to be better than the lower cost ones.  At least, I get people in them with some sense (usually).  They do have credit (if not perfect credit).  But then, people w/ really good credit buy their own homes, not rent.  They do worry more about ruining their credit so you can hold onto that for hope.  They tend to pay on time more often and don't give you bounced checks like the others.  And I find that (most) take better care of the places.  They don't seem to get trashed as often as the lower end ones do.  I don't find fist sized holes in the walls or doors, they do at least try to clean before they leave, they don't leave the piles or bags of trash in the places that I get from the low end ones.  I just don't find our collection laws very helpful at all.  Judgements are almost useless unless they have a long term job.  Garnishment is impractical.  Why they can't come up with a better system for collecting is beyond me.  I mean, how hard is it to make someone pay what they owe?  It should be real simple.  No one ever said lawmakers had to have any common sense.

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I'll tell you what Ohlandlord. The court collection laws in OH. can be changed in such a simple way and easier and faster than you might think..

 

Here's a simplified how. Get rid of having to file for wage garnishment, get rid of having to serve them papers to show up to court/find them/where they work. Why get rid of such? Because if the state put one general site with ALL judgments in it, then they would know and could then require all companies to file a form with the state that contains every employee's social/dob/ and name. THat way if they owe a judgement you don't have to go find them(which usually cost's you money, not the dead beat) and you would have a good chance of them not walking out of their job to avoid garnishment if the state garnished them from any job they worked at in OH.

 

It's so simple and the child support already has a system some what like that, and it could be interwound into the system hence saving time and money by not having to start a whole new system.

 

Why won't they do it? Why won't Senator ray miller listen? Why won't state rep dan stewart help? BEcause it's not going to help them, and it's a responsibility issue, I find responsibility is a nasty word best never spoken.

 

Also count in that lawyers make money off filing, debt collection companies wouldn't be needed near as much, so of course more than apt they aren't going to help in any way.

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