tenant doing work

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The hoa of one of my units has required everyone to paint their front door from green to red.  Not a job I want to drive there for, and while in general I hire contractors to do work, I am leaning towards letting the tenant paint and take it off the rent, as its a fairly simple job.

Would you make an exception?

Originally posted by @Mark Cohen :

The hoa of one of my units has required everyone to paint their front door from green to red.  Not a job I want to drive there for, and while in general I hire contractors to do work, I am leaning towards letting the tenant paint and take it off the rent, as its a fairly simple job.

Would you make an exception?

 Yeah, you can ask your tenants and see if they are able to do it.

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Make sure you get in writing what they are supposed to do and how much you plan to credit them for. I know it's not rocket science, but do you trust they will do a good job? You should also ask the HOA to pay for it.

Originally posted by @Mark Cohen :

The hoa of one of my units has required everyone to paint their front door from green to red. 

 This is why I hate HOAs.  

Also, we want everybody to step on the sidewalks with their left foot first.  All dogs must be white and must walk on the left side of the humans.  When planting flowers, you must not mix colors in your pots and make sure the pot colors don't clash.

Yes, I'm making stuff up, but it's no less cringeworthy than changing doors from green to red.

@Mark Cohen for me absolutely not. What happens if the tenant does a lousy job and gets paint on the sidewalk and door jam? If you don't "pay" the tenant, how do you handle it when they pay you less rent? Do you evict? If so then what do you tell the judge? If not, you just paid for lousy job and ruined your relationship with the tenant. Nothing good ever comes from tenants doing work on the property. Only about 1 in 10 people actually have the patience to paint and probably only 1 in 20 tenants have the skills to paint well. Hire it done and be done with it. Get a number of neighbors together and everyone hire the same guy to do their doors. 

Certain things in my mind are small enough to let a tenant take care of, especially when you have to mix in the hassle of coordinating when the contractor/painter comes and that it works out with when the tenants home, and also paying the contractor, (especially small jobs where they expect cash)  I'm just debating if I should have a steadfast rule or not.

Happens to be in this case the tenant made the suggestion, and I know she knows how to paint as she did the interior (at her own cost).  I suppose thats an entirely different question as to if you let tenants paint inside.  

Thanks all for the feedback

So, just any old shade of red? (They know there are 50 shades of more than gray, right?) The HOA didn't suggest a painter who will do everyone for $75/door or whatever, using the same paint? This requirement is going to make the bld look like a joke. All doors kinda the same but not, with painted hardware and jams, speckled with drips all over the place. Way to go HOA!!

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