I own a small apartment building with various rented units. I try to take great care of the property and keep up with any necessary maintenance and repairs. It can be quite a challenge and harshly frustrating. Very often, the renters are not considerate or careful, and because of this behavior that oftentimes cause damage to my property. While I can manage the easy things, such as caring for the lawn, painting, and replacing light bulbs, I hire professionals for the more difficult tasks. I am constantly calling an electrician, and HVAC corporation and professional plumbers , which is rather expensive. However, I feel it is necessary to hire a licensed workers to ensure safety and integrity of the the property. I don’t get mad when the gas furnace or water gas furnace wears out after twenty years, or the pipes corrode. I am willing to replace the electrical plan to accommodate the need for more outlets, exterior lighting or a security system. What aggravates me is the repairs that are directly caused by the negligence or stupidity of the renters. I once had a renter who assumed that there was a garbage disposable in the dining room. She dumped a whole pot of mashed potatoes down the sink. She jammed the drain so badly that I had to pay a licensed plumber to resolve the issue. I’ve also had a renter flush a stick of deodorant down the toilet. The stick got stuck midway down the pipes and resulted in a huge problem. We couldn’t reach the obstruction with a plumber’s snake, plus no amount of plunging would move it. Once again, I hired a professional plumber to take the pipes apart to find and remove the obstruction. This cost me a ton of money and was totally avoidable.