Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Memories of an Apartment Manager

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Memories of an Apartment Manager

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Unfortunately, it's easier to remember the tenants who gave you the hardest time. Do you remember the tenants who took up a petition to get rid of you? How about the ones who put dead chickens in front of your door and put a curse on you? What about the schizophrenic who told you, "I am the mafia king and you will be my mafia queen?" Or the resident who told you he would kill you so many times, your employer hired a bodyguard? How many of you have had sugar put in your gas tank or been threatened by teenage gangs?

These are just some of my memories from the last nine years as an apartment manager. I'm sure some of you can relate to them.

The only thing that keeps me in the business is the memories I have of the tenants I've been able to help or who have taught me something valuable. I've enjoyed listening to the elderly tenants who are so wise and caring. I remember an elderly woman who never had any children and had no one to talk to when she was dying. I had visited her in the hospital the night before she died and, at 3:00 a.m., I heard her in my dreams telling me that "heaven was a beautiful place." That morning, I called the hospital and they said she started getting worse about 3:00 a. …

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