Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 23-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
Q: Dad, how should I deal with the landlord in my new apartment?
A: Like you would want to be treated yourself. Be up front and honest about things. When things break, don’t wait to report them. If you break something, tell them. Also remember that they have very likely seen and heard everything, so trying to outsmart or scheme them is not likely to end well for you.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...