You know what they say … one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. I do occasional checks at all of my Indianapolis rental properties, to ensure that my tenants are taking care of the inside and outside of my properties.
From time to time, I encounter a scene like this one:
Overwhelming! At first glance, I was appalled. Obiously, my tenant had a “thing” with watermelons, mobiles and knickknacks in general. Personally, I don’t like clutter. My kitchen counter tops are mostly clear of “stuff” and when things stack up, my brain feels cluttered as well. My design style is sort of minimalist, I guess you’d say. And this tenant? Would we call her a MAXimalist? (Is that a word? Haha)
Anyway, my first response to this scene was quite negative and I figured I’d be having a corrective interview with her immediately but, upon closer inspection, I discovered that her unit wasn’t dirty. It was just … well … full. Cleanliness has absolutely nothing to do with decorating style.
I evict people for being dirty tenants, among other things. But unless the situation reaches a level where the building is threatened in any way, I’ll never evict someone for filling their apartment with items they love.
This tenant stayed with me for a couple of years and when she moved out, she lovingly packed up every little knickknack. My rental unit was left spotless.