Letters to the summer tenants.

Letters to the summer tenants.

Letters to the summer tenants.

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Aug. 29 2005 3:04 PM

Letters to the Summer Tenants

Renting to the wrong people.

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As the summer heat approaches its hellish apogee, thousands will flee their jobs for vacation spots near the ocean. Eight years ago, Jodie T. Allen's "self-martyred landlord" wrote to the destructive summer tenants who had just left her house: "I did find a minute to relax in a rocker on the porch this morning, to watch the seabirds and admire what's left of the garden."