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Truth #5: The exception made for one will become the rule for all

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Truth #5: The exception made for one will become the rule for all

This is especially true if you have a rental property with multiple tenants. If you allow one tenant to pay late, you might say something like, “Hey, keep this under your hat, but I’ll give you a one-week extension to pay,” and actually expect the tenant to do so. Unfortunately, instead of quietly enjoying this special benefit, a bad tenant often blabs to everyone else, “You’re a fool for paying your rent on time – I don’t!” Before you finally evict this individual, he or she will have spoiled the entire tenant base.

Even worse, by making exceptions for one tenant and not for others, you are opening yourself up to a tenant making a claim against you for housing discrimination.[1]

[1] In a nutshell, it is illegal for to treat tenants differently because of: race, color, or nationality; sex; religion; pregnancy; or disability. If you have questions about housing discrimination, feel free to contact me.


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