Vintage 2011 Landlord Day Observance

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In 2011, I wrote about the observance of an increasingly popular Landlord Day:

There's only one Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, Grandparents Day, Administrative Professional's Day, etc. each year.  In the case of grandparents, they often share their day with up to three others.  Great grandparents don't get their own day, so they have to share Grandparents Day which is already a little overcrowded.

The one person who is honored, not once yearly, but a dozen times each year, is your landlord.  The first of each month is Landlord's Day, or Landlord Appreciation Day if you choose to call it that.  He doesn't get anything from Hallmark, but he always receives a nice present.  Every month renters around the world, even in Minnesota, honor their wonderful landlord with a monetary gift.  You pay his mortgage, his taxes, his dog food bill, with enough left over for his retirement fund.  

After you pay your landlord's bills for him, you can pay your income tax which is probably a higher effective rate than Mr. Landlord's.  You see, he gets help from the government to rule your life with an iron fist.  He gets tax incentives.  You're sure wonderful to partner with the government to make your landlord's life better than yours.

Some folks may be getting a little impatient with giving a substantial part of their hard earned income to the guy who won't let them decorate or have a dog.  Then there are others who will always be satisfied working hard to keep up their landlord's lifestyle.

It's your choice.  How many Landlord Appreciation Days will you continue to celebrate?  If you're on a month to month lease, you could probably get by celebrating only a couple more.  It's not as difficult or expensive as you might imagine. 

Four years later, more and more people are choosing to become renters and make Landlord's day bigger and better each month.  Now, it may make sense to become a landlord, or it may make sense to put personal mobility ahead of an upgraded lifestyle and locked in housing costs.  However, there's lots to be gained by getting off the "lack of commitment" train.

As I am no longer actively working with clients, I can offer no assistance other than encouragement if you decide to stop celebrating Landlord's Day every month.  In the meantime, Happy Landlord's Day, or if you are not supporting a landlord. I'll simply wish you Happy Holidays!

Posted by

 Mike Carlier  Lakeville, MN





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