Would you buy a home that comes with a tenant who will never pay rent and you will never meet?
June 7, 2017
When it comes to real estate, there are your fixer-uppers, and then there are your “pay no mind to the mysterious tenant who you absolutely cannot see or meet-ers.”
A home in Cayce, South Carolina ― listed on websites including Zillow and RE/MAX ― seems to fall squarely in the latter camp.
This charming home is not quite what it seems.
The first red flag shows up in the very first sentence of the description, "Please read carefully before scheduling showings" or you will miss the description about the mystery tenant who has never paid: Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances. Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don’t bother asking.)
Can you ever meet this person? How on earth does this no-pay lease work? Did said upstairs tenant have anything to do with this?
The entire listing, including the full description, is still on RE/MAX and Zillow.
Additionally, the listing specifies that “little is known” about the condition of the house, maybe because no one is allowed to see part of it “under any circumstances.”
Oh yeah, and don’t try to get any hard answers from the realtor. Real estate agent Randal Longo told the Post and Courier that he doesn’t know what’s going on, either.
“[The owner’s] got some mystery tenant up there that apparently he can’t answer many questions about, which is kind of strange,” Longo said.
But on the other hand, maybe this isn’t such a bad deal? There’s been a lot of talk online about how “creepy” and “disturbing” having a mystery tenant you never see is, but isn’t that also kind of the ideal roommate? You will never have a fight over hogging the bathroom, not cleaning up or washing dishes.
What you don’t know can’t hurt you.
Information provided by Hilary Hanson Huffington Post