Monday, May 29, 2006

Renter's floors

I am a renter. I do not own my living quarters, so I do not own the floors. There is a temptation with non-ownership to not take care of the floor as we might with floors we own. Not long after I moved in to my apartment my landlord came by and did not want to walk through my apartment because his shoes were dirty. Being found then still in my BSO* days, I showed no objection to the dirty shoes on the floor, because the floors belong to him, not to me. Since then he has felt free to walk across the floors with his shoes on at pretty much any time. I gave him license, so why not? It has since started to bother me, but I am moving next week and now is not the time to make an issue of it.

How does a renter handle the situation of the landlord walking through the apartment or house with their shoes on? This is a question that I would like to pose for the readers here.

There is another problem with the above situation, however. I was far too ready to disregard what happened to the floor because ultimately it wasn't mine. I was not being a good steward of the things entrusted to me in that situation. We really do not ever own any material possession. The earth is the Lord's and all it contains. It all belongs to God and He grants us stewardship of property regardless of whose name is on the deed. I think that taking care of what we own is a good way to show appreciation for the things God has given to us. I do not do a good job in this area, but I will start by trying to take care of my floors. Help me be a good steward and take your shoes off at my door. I would appreciate it.

*Before Shoes Off

19 comments:

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Absolutely right. Being a good steward means looking after things. So shoes should come off to protect our floors.

With regard to landlords, that is difficult. I would not feel comfortable askign my parents to take their shoes off in my room, as it is their house.

Legally, if you are renting a property, you have exclusive posession of your apartment (unless the law is a bit different over there). Your landlord is supposed to respect your right to enjoy your property.

There is no harm in asking him to remove his shoes.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks for your thoughts on that, Matthew.

Redeemed said...

I agree with Matthew. You can politely ask your Landlord to remove his/her shoes at the door. I think your Landlord would rather appreciate your cleanliness!

The IBEX Scribe said...

There's just one little problem with that, however. He would sometimes come when I wasn't here. And then there were the plumbers and the guy who replaced the bathroom floor and more plumbers...

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Well, plumbers may want to keep their shoes on for safety reason.

If your landlord comes when he you are not there (I do not think they can do that without prior arrangement in the UK), leave him a note or mention it to him when you see him.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Technically they're supposed to give you 24 hours notice, which he usually doesn't do, but I tend to give him clearance whenever he needs to be here for something. I'm not going to bother for the last 9 days I am here, but it should be interesting with the new apartment. I anticipate a lot of shoe traffic in there for the first several days as we get moved in and start to accumulate furniture. I don't like to think about that.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Is it at all possible that you could get hold of some old blankets or plastic sheeting to put on the floor when are moving in?

God Bless

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

I have pondered that. I have an old sheet that I can use. It's a twin sized flat sheet, so it's not particularly big. I confess that I am a little bit more concerned about the possible slipping or tripping hazard that putting something on the floor might pose than I am about the carpets. I think a sheet on carpet wouldn't move too much, so that might work for some things. We shall see. I'm still trying to convince the roommate that removing shoes is a good thing.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Workmen over here often lay down some old blankets.

Your roomate is obstinate?

Try buying her some nice slippers. Failing that, tell her if she keeps her shoes on, she can do all the floor cleaning.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

See, here's the deal with the roommate. She's not necessarily obstinate, but I think she thinks I'm a bit too anal about some things. She actually enjoys vacuuming, so she might take me up on that offer. Sigh I shall have to bring it up again and hope that we can work something out reasonably.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Well, I would make sure that you are not anal about anything. Just make it clear that this is the way things are done around here.

If it is a common custom in New York, it should not be difficult for her to practice it at home.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Kev said...

I used to rent a flat from a female acquaintance of mine; the younger sister of a closer friend.

Naturally, given the circumstances, she would pop round for a cup of tea now and then once I had established my own furnishings about the place, and always, after her first visit, she would take off her shoes before proceeding upstairs to the flat.

Celestial Fundie said...

What do you do in your home now?

Kev said...

Currently I'm fixing up a caravan with awning, and am hoping to get my rugs laid down inside the van this weekend.

No-one on site I know of is "Shoes Off" so I'm wondering the best way to ensure they comply with my wishes at all times.

PS - I'm sure I replied to a post yesterday that seems to have vanished!

Celestial Fundie said...

I love caravans. My parents lived in one for a few months.

I remember seeing a picture of Margaret Becket sitting in her caravan in her stocking feet. I bet she makes people visiting take their shoes off.

I think if you ask them nicely, they will comply. Most people don't mind taking their shoes off.

I don't think I have deleted any posts or comments lately. I replied to three of your comments this morning.

Kev said...

I'm sure she does! Like I said, no one here does (though it's something I'd like to encourage), so I was guessing some people I know, at least, would be taken aback by my request.

I recall the missing post being about letting agents and viewing properties.

Celestial Fundie said...

About an estate agent who showed you a proerty? I replied to that.

Celestial Fundie said...

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=20444033&postID=2693766921254802774

This one?

Kev said...

Sorry, which heading was it under. I've forgotten!