Like spending money on rehabbing but not on rent or property taxes? Don’t mind rehabbing a property that doesn’t belong to you? You’d make an excellent resident curator. [New York Times]

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  1. Most states/cities allow exceptions to contractor licenses if the homeowner is the one pulling permits and doing the work.

    These people aren’t the owners, they’re basically trading labor for rent. How do they get around being licensed?

    Actually come to think of it, the homes can’t possibly be built up to code and modernized as they’re being restored, thus I guess being a licensed contractor isn’t a big deal. But that means you trade labor for the chance to live on a huge piece of property … and use a freaking outhouse. Brilliant.