This week Landlord Hank Rossi decides to tell a story of a tenant’s compassion and generosity toward his landlord.

By Hank Rossi

I’ve been fortunate to live in an affluent area of Florida and have had the chance to meet and work with many celebrities thru my business, including actors, musicians, sports greats and artists.

Yesterday a tenant called me about an issue related to his rental penthouse.

He is an NFL sports legend.

I’ve never had much time for professional sports and rarely watch any games. Even though my tenant has been retired for years, he is still written about and will occasionally send me a link to an article.

He sent me a link about a week ago. But I was too busy to read it.

Yesterday he asked me if I had had a chance to read the article.

I told him that I had been preoccupied dealing with a family medical problem and was really handling only maintenance emergencies. He said his issue was far from an emergency and that we could deal with it later.

I responded that I would make time and could help him now.

Tenant asked about my situation

Afterward, he asked me about my situation.

I told him that my little sister has been battling cancer for years and is losing. She is in hospice and not expected to live but hours.

He was quiet for a moment, then said that he was recently honored at the most recent Super Bowl as one of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winners. He said he had been awarded a lapel pin at the event and asked if giving the pin to my sister would make her smile.

I was floored by his generosity and compassion.  Unfortunately, my sister is not responsive, but I would have loved to just share this story with her.

She is not a big sports fan either, but she would be now, as am I.


Hank Rossi

About the author:

“I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals. We did maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta. ”  Visit Hank’s website here.

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