Re: Bad tenant alert
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:01:00 -0700 (PDT)
I disagree with the comments below.
I haven't seen any effort to badmouth all renters, or imply that most of them are questionable. I think that anyone who had a really bad experience (I had one with a woman who stayed with us as a guest, not a renter. I wish someone warned us!! - Apparently she had caused some trouble at another Tucson cohousing community, but
we didn't know about it.)

We also had a bad experience with some other questionable people. Unfortunately, there are people who have perfected a way of taking advantage of others (and are very good at lying; creating tight cover stories, etc.) - which means that
routine checks might not be enough.

This isn't to say that people should become ungenerous and paranoid, but I do want to encourage sharing information which might avoid needless suffering for other people/communities, and also wish to remind people to check with some diligence
before making decisions that are not so easy to back out of.

Racheli, Sonora Cohousing, Tucson.

On Mar 13, 2011, at 10:50 AM, Barbara Burnham wrote:

OK, OK enough with the bad tenant stories. I understand that what you are describing is a tough situation but it is highly unusual. Almost 40 percent of Americans are renters, some because they want to be but most because they do not have the equity, or the secure employment or the credit history to do so. There are just as many horror stories of bad landlords shutting off water or heat, harrassing tenants as there are bad tenant stories. Frankly I am surprised at the tenor of these emails.

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