Anyone who has rented an apartment can tell you that they’d rather have their teeth pulled than deal with the landlord for anything. Whether it’s fixing a running toilet or dealing with rodents, no one has ever said “Wow, the owner rules me!” Play The tenants Confirms a lot of my doubts about the rental world, except that I’m the terrible landlord.
The Tenants is a real estate management simulation where you can buy, renovate and rent different types of furnished apartments to build a huge real estate portfolio and hopefully become a disgusting wealthy property tycoon. Tenants focus a lot on the relationship between you (the landlord) and the tenants you are renting, along with the usual sim management gameplay systems.
What renters do well is recreate the experiences many of us have as tenants but from a landlord’s perspective. In the beginning I did everything possible to be the most accommodating and understanding owner. But once my bottom-line earnings started taking hold, it became much easier to turn into an absolute jerk from the slum dwellers.
Here’s a quick tale of how a totally horrible tenant turned me into an unbelievable little monster. It affected me so badly that it changed my attitude towards whom I would rent out the properties to next.
One of my former possessions was a shoebox-sized one-bedroom apartment in the favelas and furnished with inexpensive furniture and ugly walls – potentially a fire hazard in itself. As you can probably imagine, my open house didn’t attract the best of potential tenants, but one called Cindy Riley had the quality I was looking for in a tenant from my first list – a job.
Cindy, or as I call her, the worst tenant ever, turns out to be a bored, noisy college student and a cockroach magnet. Like all terrible tenants, she started out perfectly, comforting me to complacency: she pays her rent on time and never bothered me. The problems started when I started expanding my small real estate empire.
While renovating a new apartment with water that he filled with a bunch of tacky nautical furniture, I received a bunch of in-game texts from Cindy’s neighbors complaining that it was noisy. Contact Cindy. She apologizes and says she will do better. A wonderful! I won’t hear from her again, I guess. I’m wrong.
I got more text messages from Cindy telling us how late she’d be on rent. I chose to give her more time to sort out her finances because this is the first time I’ve had problems with her, and I’m a nice guy. That was my first mistake. Then the cockroaches came.
I got a frenzied text from her saying her place is littered with giant insects. I don’t blame her for notifying me. Cockroaches are the size of a house cat, so I feel the urgency. Instead of paying for exaggerated annihilation, your tenants give you the option to deal with apartment problems by enlisting the help of your uncle, who works basically for free. Once you deal with the cockroaches, the plumbing problems start. Again, instead of hiring a professional, my uncle does his skilled job.
What follows is a months-long cycle of non-payment of rent and an infestation of cockroaches on an almost weekly basis. This tiny studio apartment is bleeding money and consuming a lot of mental and emotional bandwidth, resulting in the collapse of my hugely profitable business. That’s when I reached my limit. I ignore Cindy’s texts and let the cockroaches move after the third round with the pesticides. These are mutant insects, I can imagine, and I won’t fight their evolution anymore.
A week goes by inside the game and Cindy’s lease expires. No one was surprised, she chose not to renew her lease. I can see why; The homeowner is the worst.
Once free from Cindy, I finally paid for a final steaming, replacing wallpaper and flooring, and even adding more dope-looking furniture I had opened because other than that filth, I was doing pretty well as a property owner. I sell the studio for very little profit and buy an overhead mount a few blocks away. I’ve learned from past mistakes and loaded the place with nicer things to attract deep-pocketed tenants.
At this point in the game, I unlock the ability to do background checks and a tenant registry to weed out any problematic candidates. I am able to tell if previous landlords have negative comments about a tenant and how much debt they owe. I start doing this with all the places I have in the favelas. My bad slats now have very high standards. There are no college students. Nobody has six-digit debt. Only high rollers.
Before I knew it, I restored the entire neighborhood. I became what I hate, and instead of thinking how this could be the result of my choices and actions, I decided to blame Cindy.
What in the end happened to the worst tenant? Honestly, I don’t care; It drove me crazy and attracted cockroaches. And I hate cockroaches. But I care about Leroy Wallace, a nice guy who pays nearly three times the rent that Cindy has paid and not attracts cockroaches, which may or may not be linked to organized crime. Well done tenants: you have turned me into a real estate villain.
The dynamics of the tenant / owner relationship is really what distinguishes tenants from other management styles. I’m curious to know what kind of nightmare tenants will take me up the wall now that I can buy places outside of the favelas. The tenants Currently running early access for $ 20.