I’ll clarify for the benefit of a fellow Dallasite that when I say “downtown,” I was in a four-plex next to railroad tracks and some women’s shelters, on the far side of Deep Ellum but not quite to Lakewood. (I was kind of not in a neighborhood.) Rent-from-owner, the kind of place which you find by seeing a handwritten sign in the window, where there is definitely no property manager. (This description characterizes most of my rental history. I’m drawn to “fixer uppers” with absentee landlords and tend to be willing to put up with bug problems in exchange for “character.”)
However, I do realize that things are a little different now; my family was in Oak Cliff for four generations, and my old neighborhood there has basically disappeared in the last few years.