To the Editor,
I worked long and hard all my life to build up assets and fund for a nice retirement spot. I found Port Alberni a beautiful city on a one-of-its-kind canal. I was able to purchase a mid-price house for myself and my wife and spend $30,000 with local contractors to make it “ours”.
I was also able to purchase a second mid-price home as an investment, with two suites—one up and one down.
I rented the upper to a person I thought was a good tenant. They stayed about two years then moved. They left the place a stinking mess. Some thing was urinating on the carpets, the fridge has been broken, stove knobs are missing; the carpet will most likely need replacing.
That is the thanks one gets for investing in Port Alberni. I’m seriously thinking of selling the house and investing the $160,000 in a city where people have more respect for investors.
Sour milk, you think? Wrong. I managed high-rises in Vancouver for 20 years and rented to everyone from drug addicts, hookers and TV stars. Some of them left the place in really bad shape but never a vile stinking mess.