Yes of course leases are good for landlords, guys. But we can still make money and still afford to make repairs. mtnMn, well done for doing that big refurb for $4500 each. That is good and I realise that you did it all yourself. But YEARS! I am sure it would take me years too.
I wonder how that compares to a fast and efficient refurb by PRO's. Done in weeks and revenue can go up very quickly. Doing it over years makes the first rooms you did, old by the time you finish. And rate increases are going to be a long time coming.

I am here to work on my business and not to slave over the place. However, I need to find a way to improve my property quickly and reasonably priced.

New photos will attract new guests and regulars will appreciate your efforts and know that you are a mover.