3. Is there no legislation that addresses idiocy? Many of those that bemoan a damp house, dry clothes indoors, cook with windows closed with no fan going and have hot showers, steaming up the bathroom and don't wipe down the walls/mirrors etc, but allow the steam to simply escape into the house. I include homeowners here, too...not just tenants.
Why do tenants need to be assisted constantly, when those that have gone to the trouble and hardship of buying their own home (I know not everyone is so "lucky") have to fend for themselves?
I'm not a landlord, as I've never had the spare coin to invest in property, but my experiences as a renter in the past were that if you treated your rented property as home, not just someone else's property, you fended for yourself and just got on with it. It worked for me and my wife and all of our friends at the time we were all renting...how come it's all changed so much?
Make something idiot proof, the idiots just get "better".
Basically it seems to come down to a total lack of personal responsibility and consequences. It's the era of entitlement where there is always someone or something else to blame and no personal consequences for actions.
Like you, I too looked after rental properties as if they were my own. Nearly always managed to leave them in better condition than when I started. But then, I was brought up to air my bedroom daily (smelly teenage boy), do the chores, replace things that I broke and do preventative tasks (wiping mirrors etc).