It worked out - I have a new tenant! He's a carpenter/contractor & is coming over tomorrow to measure for new carpeting & tile. The deal in exchange for all the work he's going to put into it is 2 months rent free. It would have cost a lot more than that for me to fix it up myself & I wouldn't even know where to begin. He is hoping to have the carpet in & the walls painted so he can move him & his family in by the end of the week. I still am in shock that this is working out as well as it is. What a nice ending to a miserable early morning! One less thing I have to take care of <whew>!