I’m kidding about the slum lord thing, by the way, but I’m serious about the call for help.
As you may remember, my father passed away suddenly about a year ago. After this happened, my family was left to pick up the pieces and handle the many things that he took care of while he was alive. Among other things, my father managed a small (6 unit) apartment building in the Greater LA area. It was built in the 1960s or so and it’s been maintained fairly well and because my Dad preferred to have good tenants who would stay a long time over ones that constantly turned over, he had loyal tenants who basically never moved. Because they never moved, nothing much got updated/modernized.
We’ve been managing this property in my “free time” since last summer and recently had a unit vacate because they’d been living there for years and the couple got pregnant and bought a townhouse, giving us the first opportunity to attempt to update the kitchen/bathroom in this one unit.
This is where I need help. Evidently, when you have an apartment building you can’t just call the “kitchen remodeling” center of Home Depot or Sears and ask for an estimate. They refer you to a “commercial” center where they proceed to tell you that they’re not interested in re-doing just one unit. The Apartment Owners Association resource guides also cater to property management companies that are totally large scale.
Aside from the fact that I don’t want to displace the other tenants (one of whom is my Grandma and is not easily movable), I really just want to re-do this one unit while it’s already vacant.
So, any suggestions? Can anyone give me advice? If you don’t want to make a public comment, I can be emailed directly at joz @ jozjozjoz . com