Owner has rental resentment

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about problem renters. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: I own six rental properties, and they provide a little extra income for my wife and me. We maintain clean properties with only modern kitchens and bathrooms. We screen all renters, but still we get people who never clean their place, punch holes in the walls, paint walls garish colors, then move out and demand a return of their security and cleaning deposits. If they move out and leave us a mess to deal with, they’re not getting a dime back. One renter moved in the dead of night, taking a refrigerator with her but leaving her pet iguana, which we gave to an animal sanctuary.

“I’ve spoken to other landlords, and they have the same sorts of problems. So, renters, if you want your deposit back, leave the rental property clean and in good condition.” — Disgusted Landlord in Houston

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)