LANDLORD PROFILE INTERVIEW:
Gordon Evans (aka gevans)
Any Unique 'Local' Landlord Requirements?
None, but we cater to the military base.
Number of Rentals?
Years of Landlording Experience?
Keeping the place empty until a qualified applicant comes along.
Your Biggest Mistake?
1) Rented to a family member.
2) "Working with" tenants on any issues, but ESPECIALLY move in deposits or rents.
New Landlord Advice?
1) Copy and read your state and local landlord/tenant laws.
2) Read lots of good books on the subject.
3. Read and post questions on MrLandlord Q&A Forum.
4. Join a local
Favorite Type of Resident?
Married military on at least the second enlistment term.
Best Way to Find/Attract Residents?
Word of mouth keeps most of my rentals full, with NO down time. On occasion, I have advertised on base (for free).
Favorite Application Question?
Commander's name and contact info.
One Way to Keep Good Residents?
Respond QUICKLY to tenant complaints. Show em you are a better than average landlord who cares about his customers.
Favorite Rental Clause?
Money Making Cash Flow Tip?
Offer extras, at an extra monthly cost: washer/dryer, grounds keeping, upgrades to the property.
Money Saving Maintenance Tip?
Match all your stuff as you replace: same faucets, toilets, HVAC, etc. Fewer repair parts to keep on hand, more familiarity with the systems, and free "spare parts" from the replaced stuff.
How Do You Encourage On-Time Rents?
$25 discount for early payment or direct draft rent payment. 5 of 6 tenants take advantage of this EVERY month.
How Have You Collected Past Due Rent?
In South Carolina, the 5 day notice can be included in the original lease. I make a courtesy call, then file for eviction on the 6th business day, without fail.
Trick A Tenant Played On You?
Paid rent in full on 5th, moved out the 6th with no notice. A month later, I found he had shut off the power on the 6th and left a full refrigerator in August, in South Carolina. Had to throw that one away!
Favorite Real Estate Book?
What's Rewarding About Being A Landlord?
Being more in control of my investments.
How Has MRLANDLORD.COM helped you?
LOTS of excellent advice from lots of seasoned landlords. Shoulders to cry on. Kindred spirits to rejoice with. A great team of people!