My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Virginia
The benefits of owning a home, which I just bought my first starter home, outweighs any small benefit of renting.
But one benefit of renting is you don't have to pay for repairs, your landlord does.
For example, imagine you just bought a new house, but instead of selling your old one, you rent it out. When your tenants water heater leaks and needs to be replaced, it's not your tenant who hires a plumber and pays them. You send out the plumber to do the work, and they bill you.
Also, for every contractor and service I have ever heard of, you pay AFTER the work is done, not before.
Well say I pretended to be a tenant renting the house.
I have a friend call a plumbing company from a prepaid burner phone, hard to trace. My friend says they are the landlord, and I am their tenant. My friend gives them a fake name and address to bill him, and sends the plumber out to my house to replace my water heater.
Afterwards, the plumber sends the bill to my "landlord," and never hears from him again and cannot find him.
But I have no liability to pay the bill, because I am the "tenant."
Even if the landlord screws the plumber over, that doesn't make the tenant accountable for the bill, because at no point did the plumber make a deal with the tenant, they made a deal with the landlord, so their beef is with them, and the company knows they have no case to sue me.
Because they think I'm the tenant, a third party, so why would they bother?
And that's just for routine maintenance, but it doesn't have to end there. Maybe I decide my deck is worn, and I want a new, better one. So my "landlord" again makes a phone call, to a carpenter this time, saying he wants to increase the value of his investment property, and, well, you know how the story ends.
In exchange for my buddies services, I can occasionally be HIS "landlord."
Could this work?