I'm looking for the title or author of a short story about a person who has good luck elves living in a birdcage or something like that. He disturbs them; they move out and sloppy elves move in and give him sloppy luck. This would have been written somewhere in the 50's, I believe. Thanks.
The story is "Housing Problem" by Henry Kuttner, published in 1944 and originally collected in 'The Best of Henry Kuttner'
There's a complete (and I assume copyright-friendly given the age) version online here.
The tagline for the story was
"What if your tenants paid rent in "luck" rather than cash?"