Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box
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Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

I know the frustration of trying to find a gift for somebody who seems to have everything. What finally helped me take the angst out of gift buying was starting to think outside the box. Since then, it seems to be easier to find something that my loved one will like, whatever the occasion. These days, I look in unusual places for gift ideas. Instead of retail shops, I see what is happening at local auction houses. I may look into getting my loved one something they've expressed an interest in recently, like taking guitar lessons. I may even surprise my friend with a visit from a chef who prepares a special meal just for him or her. If you have the gift buying blues, let me help. I'll provide some tips on how to get clues for wonderful presents that will delight and amaze your loved ones.


Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

Reasons That A Commercial Landlord May Bug Your Unit

Peggy Lee

When you rent commercial space for your business, you likely work hard to maintain a positive relationship with your landlord. Paying your rent on time, taking care of your working space, and being friendly are all important, and you likely hope that through your actions, your landlord treats you in a respectful manner, too. Unfortunately, some landlords cross legal lines by spying on their tenants; this can be something as simple as looking in your window, or as advanced as bugging your unit with listening devices. If you're concerned about the latter, buying bug-sweeping devices and/or consulting with a private investigator to sweep your unit is a good idea. Here are some reasons that a landlord may bug a tenant's commercial unit.

To Seek A Reason To Evict

Sometimes, a landlord will want to evict a commercial tenant — but may not have the legal grounds to do so. Rather than risk legal action as a result of improperly serving the tenant with an eviction notice, the landlord may become obsessed with monitoring the tenant's behavior to look for a legitimate reason to evict him or her. If you've got the feeling that your landlord wants to evict you, this could be a situation that applies to you. A listening device that perhaps captures you doing something against the tenant code of conduct may alert the landlord to your behavior.

To Protect His/Her Investment

When a tenant damages a rental unit, this can be a difficult and frustrating situation for the landlord. If your landlord has run into problems of this nature in the past, he or she may understandably be wary about future instances. The landlord may go to the effort of placing a listening device in each unit — perhaps alongside a video camera — to see if a tenant has been intentionally damaging the unit. Even if you might understand the landlord's desire to protect the building, this is still a breach of privacy and one on which you should act.

To Stalk An Employee

There's a potential that the landlord places listening devices in your commercial unit with the intention of stalking one of your employees. Perhaps the landlord met an employee and made advances that the employee rejected. Upon learning which office the employee in question occupied, the landlord could have returned after hours and placed listening devices in that area to hear the employee's professional and personal conversations.