I had a conversation the other day with a friend of mine who happens to be a landlord. She has a tenant whose husband lost his job, the wife was put on bed rest due to a high risk pregnancy (she lost the baby) and couldn't work and then a close friend of hers went missing with no one to care for her toddler child and this woman took the child in. In the midst of this, she can't pay her rent. Another thing, it's close to Christmas and COLD outside. Now, I can see the story from both sides and I have empathy for all involved. My question is, when does this tenant's problem become the problem of my friend the landlord? And further, why should it? Let's say for the sake of argument that none of the above situations were in any way, the fault (directly or indirectly) of the tenant and her husband. Should that still mean that my friend should pay her mortgage and forego collecting rent because the tenant had a really bad run of bad luck? Should the tenant even expect this? Quite honestly, I don't think the tenant's bad luck should be of much, if any, concern to the landlord as this is a business deal NOT a charitable organization and I don't think the tenant should even expect the landlord to take these things into consideration. My friend has been patient and compassionate about the situation for over a month now but how long should she have to wait until she either gets money or gets the property back so she can rent it to someone who will pay rent? Should my friend be faced with paying for the tenant to have a place to live foregoing her own family's financial needs (especially now at Christmas). When does enough become enough? It's a tricky situation when you are in a business as important as providing someone a roof over their heads. I'm not sure I'd want a dog in that fight on either side.
But that's just me.