Lord of the Land

One of the features of my newly purchased home that will assist me with paying the mortgage is the finished suite in the basement that I’ll be renting out to a tenant. I’ve had some friends ask about the unit on behalf of friends of theirs, so I probably should have let everyone know sooner that I have a tenant! I feel very lucky to have acquired this tenant. His name is Matt and he currently lives in the unit above me in the house we’re renting. His unit takes up the second and third floors of the house, and he originally moved in with three other roommates, one of whom is his brother. These four guys moved in about a month before I moved into the first floor unit, and we quickly became friends. Last February, one of the guys moved out on his own. To fill this absence, Matt’s brother’s girlfriend moved in. Then, a week or two before I bought my house, the four of them gave their notice that they would all be moving out. Two of the three guys wanted to live with their girlfriends. That left Matt to search for a place on his own. After chatting together one night, we decided it worked out perfectly that he needed a place to live, and I just happened to have an available rental unit. There was one small glitch, though – he had to be out of his current apartment at the end of May, and I don’t take possession of my house until June 15th. So after some logistical planning, we worked it out so that Matt would stay with his brother for a couple of weeks, then move into my basement after I take possession. Our current landlord was nice enough to let the guys stay until today, June 5th, since it’s easier to move on a Saturday (I can hear them moving boxes and furniture above me!) so Matt won’t have to couch surf for too long. He won’t even have to move his stuff twice, because the woman I bought the house from was nice enough to allow him to move his things directly into her basement today. She also offered me one of the empty bedrooms if I wanted to move some of my own things in today, but I haven’t had a chance to do any packing!

Like I said, I’m very lucky to have Matt as a tenant. I was worried about having to post an ad on craigslist, hold an open house, conduct interviews, do reference checks, all to be sure I’m bringing the right person into my home. And you just never know what you’re getting when it’s a complete stranger. Not only did I not have to do any of that, but I’ve lived in the same house as Matt for the last 15 months, so there won’t be any surprises and I know what to expect. Matt is a hard-working, responsible young man who is very respectful of others with whom he shares a living space. He’s an amazing guitarist. He’s not in a band, but plays/practices often. You’d think I would want to avoid bringing in a musician as a tenant, but let’s not forget that I grew up with a brother who is in a heavy metal band now and who spent several hours a day playing drums and guitar. Mathew and I are also musically-inclined, and between the two of us have 4 guitars and a piano. (Actually, it’s a full-length, 88-key digital piano, but you get the point.)

Since Matt’s moving his stuff into his soon-to-be new place today, that means I get to go and have another look at it! I just can’t get enough of it. There are some additional measurements I need to take and I’d like to bring my chosen paint samples with me to hold up against the wall. I’ve been there 5 or 6 times so far, but each time I come away remembering it a little bit differently.

Only 10 days to go until I take possession! And only 21 days until we move in!!!

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By the way, what’s with all the Matt’s? Just a funny side note: there are a lot of Matt’s in my life. My brother’s name is Matt, my boyfriend’s name is Mathew, and my tenant’s name is Matt (but I like to call him Matty). I’ve also got a few friends who share this name, and one client.