Hi Annabel,Annabel wrote: I'm still sick and tired of this biz at the moment.
Welcome to landlording! I have been in the landlording business for about 20 years. There are good times and bad times, but the bad moments are the ones we tend to remember the most. There is the potential to make some good money in this business if you can expand and the work-load can actually decrease somewhat as you "work your way out of work" by hiring managers, maintenance men, etc.
One thing that I have found that works most of the time is to not sweat the small stuff. For example, try to charge a little more in rent, if you can and then when there are some minor damages or cleaning, just forget about it and part on good terms with each tenant without a fight. It looks like you did leave on good terms with the tenants, so I am speaking more in general, for future reference. Of course there are still some nightmare tenants, such as those who don't pay and wait for the courts and sheriff to evict them or those who leave with some appliances and furniture on their way out. But most of the problems and issues are small and minor and if we don't sweat about them too much, we can tolerate this business better.
Glad to hear you had a good time with your brother and family.