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You can do it, but you have to notify the tenant of all problems. One good option is to rent the place to someone who is willing to do some repairs to it in exchange for $$ off the rent. I rented a pretty shabby place a few years back and did repairs to the apartment, and the landlord gave me the cost of all materials off the rent. Great way to fix it up and still rent it out.

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Q: Can a landlord rent a property as is meaning that the property has leaks and is obviously in need of repairs but the landlord is willing to rent it for very little?
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