With so many renters getting ignored by their hedge fund landlords it would be wise for them to start know their rights as a tenant. As a landlord of over 18 years I can tell you that most states have very strict guidelines of what a landlord can and cannot do. If the landlord keeps crossing this line they are going to pay a hefty price. If you know anyone who is going to be renting a home they need to read below.
Here's What Happens When Wall Street Builds A Rental Empire
“There's no escaping the stench of raw sewage in Mindy Culpepper's Atlanta-area rental home. The odor greets her before she turns into her driveway each evening as she returns from work. It's there when she prepares dinner, and only diminishes when she and her husband hunker down in their bedroom, where they now eat their meals.
For the $1,225 a month she pays for the three-bedroom house in the quiet suburb of Lilburn, Culpepper thinks it isn't too much to expect that her landlord, Colony American Homes, make the necessary plumbing repairs to eliminate the smell. But her complaints have gone unanswered, she said. Short of buying a plane ticket to visit the company's office in Scottsdale, Ariz., she is out of ideas.
Most rental houses in the U.S. are owned by individuals, or small, local businesses. Culpepper's landlord is part of a new breed: a Wall Street-backed investment company with billions of dollars at its disposal. Over the past two years, Colony American and its two biggest competitors, Invitation Homes and American Homes 4 Rent, have spent more than $12 billion buying and renovating at least 75,000 homes in order to rent them out.”
Good video on hedge funds buying up homes in Atlanta, GA
Renters need to understand how is renting the home to them and by all means get familiar with your rights as a tenant in the state you live in.
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