Q: I purchased a small house in Florida last year. I wanted to rent it most of the year. Relatives and nearby neighbors have advised me against it. They say tenants will destroy it. It has been vacant one year. I cleaned it when I went there once on a vacation. Do you recommend renting it or shall I sell it? I would like to keep it for later years.
A: If you fail to screen your tenants carefully, your Florida home can suffer damage from careless or destructive occupants. Make careful, searching inquiry concerning property managers in the neighborhood of your Florida home. Get the one who has the best reputation for carefully screening tenants and assiduously supervising and managing the property. He should be able to keep your Florida home rented as much as possible with minimum tenant damage. I recommend renting it under those circumstances if you want to keep it for later years.
Q: I recently saw an advertisement about low interest mortgages for moderately priced housing being built in Maryland. Can you give me any information on this?
A: This is a program administered and funded by the state of Maryland. To secure information on the program's current status and how to get a home built through it, if it's possible to do so, contact (or have your prospective builder contact) the Community Development Administration, Department of Economic and Community Development, Forest Drive, Annapolis, Md.
Q: Is there any way a neighbor can force another neighbor to clean up his "junky" backyard? There are no autos or that sort of thing. Just bunches of weeds, broken and rusted toys and other small pieces of junk.
A: Check with your local government officials (municipal or county) to determine if there are any laws or regulations that require your neighbor to clean up his backyard because it is a "health hazard" or a "public nuisance", or for some other reasons. If there are none, see your attorney. You may be able to file a court action to require your neighbor to clean up his backyard.