DEAR BOB: I own a single-family rental house, which I once occupied, but have rented it to tenants since 1994. Because we now live three hours away from the house, we use a professional property management firm. After many years of good relationships with the tenants, we now have a tenant who is routinely having plumbers in to unclog drains, repair disposals, check for gas smells (none found), and other costs of about $600 per month. The management company "hopes" the tenants will get better. As a retiree, I am very concerned about these high monthly expenses and the reluctance of the so-called management company to handle the situation seriously. I want to keep the house. What advice do you have? --Heather H. DEAR HEATHER: It sounds like you have a bad professional management company. As...
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