Like somebody else pointed out, almost all chain locks are only mounted
with crappy little soft screws, usually just into the trim on the inside
of the doorframe. A hard shove will tear them out of the trim. Hotels do
a little better in recent years, especially with those metal loop locks
that flip over a post lagged into the doorframe. I have used real
screws into something solid for a few relatives that insisted on having
chain locks, but the weak point does then indeed become the chain.
No need to go to jail- Google 'swing bar door guard' for pictures and
vendors. I was remembering incorrectly- the post goes on the door, not
the jamb side. Most of the pictures showed the same crappy little screws
as the chain latches, though, so be prepared to find real ones. Like
most door hardware, I suspect 'trade only' vendors that don't show up in
Google and only sell to locksmiths, may have better ones.
Yes. I abandoned the project.
Some years later, I got into another snit with my (business) landlord, whose
name was Satan, and bought my own building for the company. I've been
delirious ever sense.
My son, who was twelve at the time, made $52.00 carrying back empty pop
bottles to the grocery store as we reconditioned the rental property. I
tried and tried to conjure up some connection between diet Dr. Pepper and
Tide detergent, but finally gave up.
heck, most of the time they put an outside door key lock on the dang
bedroom doors. Sometimes there's a keyed lock on the bedroom door and
another keyed lock on the bathroom door that's inside teh bedroom.
i think renters get to believing they own or can install whatever they
want after a while. .... its neverending
Heh! An old law schoolmate of mine put his extra money into rental property.
He told me one renter put up a six-foot cedar fence around the back yard.
"What did you do?" I asked.
"I raised his rent $20.00/month," said my lawyer friend. "I convinced him
the property was worth more now that it had a fence!"
This, among others, is one reason I opted to not pursue a legal career.
Basic property law- permanently installed improvements become the
property of the landlord, absent agreement to the contrary. I have
improved rental properties I occupied at times, but it was cheap stuff,
and with landlord's permission. It was worth it to me at the time, even
knowing I would have to leave it behind. (Shelves and that sort of
thing, mainly.) Landlord with the new fence was out of line- you raise
the rent for the NEXT tenant, not for the guy that was nice to you. THAT
is basic Karma law.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in
A house a few doors down kept being sold and resold. We thought the new
people owned the place. When they moved, they took the above ground
swimming pool and the shed. We saw them dismantling it. Later on there
was an article in the newspaper that when this renter moved out, he stole
lots of stuff. He left a big hole in the yard where the pool was.
If the property owner had told one of us neighbors he was renting the
house, we would have called the police when we saw the stuff being removed.
We don't know what was stolen from inside the home.
One renter I had held a yard sale when he moved out. I later
discovered some of the stuff he sold was things like the outside door
lamps, the electric outlet for the dryer and other stupid small stuff
my dad had a tenant who left in the middle of the night, behind on
rent he ripped out all the copper plumbing, tore the copper wiring and
switches out of walls, light fixtures gone too.
basically stripped home of anything of value, including the service
entrance cable and breaker box.
it cost thousands to repair, my dad sold the home soon after
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