Tenant from Hell: Did She Pay?

Welcome to the soap opera post. Regular readers, you know what that means; it’s tenant from hell time! Yaaaay. Okay, yesterday was the first of the month. In homes all over the land, the rent was due and most people paid their rent on time. But we’re not dealing with most people here. We are dealing with my tenant. I have to say ahead of time how much I’ve loved sharing this series with you.

Now, if you all recall, the last time that we spoke about my tenant from hell, she attempted to pay the rent on time by giving me a post dated check in December for January’s rent. I deposited the check into my account and it rebounded and slapped me in the face because it was no good. The dang check bounced. I sent along a notice then called the tenant. Drama, drama, drama and she promised to pay everything on February 1. She supposedly had overdrawn her account to the point where even her overdraft was overdrawn. I later found out that she used the rent money to bail her daughter out of jail when the daughter was caught with her drug dealer and enough illicit substance to get hit with an “intent to distribute” charge.

Anyway, I played hardball and told her that everything needed to be in on the first of February or she should expect a three day notice and legal proceedings after that. I would not accept any payments that came in after the first. So we all decided to take bets on whether or not she would pay on the first. You guys overwhelmingly voted that there was basically no way in hell that she would pay on time. Considering her track record, I didn’t blame you. She has never paid the rent on time, so why would she start now?

On the last day of January I thought I would try to swing the odds in my favor. I called her up and left her a very businesslike voicemail stating that per our agreement all monies were due on the first and that no partial payments would be accepted. If she was not able to pay all back rent, fees and the current rent, she would receive a three day notice by the fifth of the month (I legally have to wait) and that I would start with eviction process. She never did call me back.

Well, the first rolled around and at 11 o’clock I got a phone call from her. Sigh. When the phone call begins with, “Listen, what happened was,” which seems to be her favorite line, I get ready for the improbable story that’s coming up. It seems that she fell and opened up a four inch gash below her eye and she was in the hospital waiting for the cosmetic surgeon. She had every intention of paying the rent but she didn’t know when she would get out of the hospital, etc. etc. Hey, that was her story, so don’t roll your eyes at the computer screen. And don’t think that I’m a heartless bitch because I said to her, “I’m sorry that you fell. I hope everything is okay and that you didn’t bang your head hard enough to break something as well. I won’t keep you talking too long since I’m sure that your head hurts, but when am I getting the rent?” Heartless, I know, but come on!

Who thinks that I didn’t get the rent money? Drum roll please. Suckers!!!! You were all wrong. I got the money. Muhahahaha! Being a cold bitch works. I don’t know if I can do this again, because I don’t have it in me, but the one time that I put my foot down and was cold throughout the process was the one time since I bought the house back in April that she has paid the rent on time. Whew! I feel like a party. I am not above saying it, but I was right, and you were wrong. 😛 Every single one of you were wrong. In your face blog readers!

If you like my tenant from hell stories then you should go to http://mytenantfromhell, my other blog where you can read about other people’s bad tenants. If you are thinking about real estate investing, you must subscribe to the blog. There’s a new story there every week.

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46 thoughts on “Tenant from Hell: Did She Pay?

  • Good for you!

    You stood up for yourself and played a justified game of hardball, and you won. That in itself is a really good lesson, when dealing with unreliable, suspect people.

  • I find it interesting that when you were tough with your tenant, you referred to yourself as a bitch. You asked her to do the right thing. BTW, you are not done, don’t celebrate yet. She is a tenant who will always have an excuse.

    • It’s because I FELT like such a crabby patty. It’s so out of character for me. I don’t like conflict. I hate being mean. I hate having to treat people in a cold way. It’s a 180 from who I am. It felt…bitchy.

      But you’re right. Being assertive is not the same as being bitchy. I wrote about that when I covered why there is a wage gap for women. I can’t even be assertive with a tenant that owed me money!

      And yes, I shouldn’t celebrate. I have 2 more months left on the lease. Two more months to go.

  • I find it interesting that when you were tough with your tenant, you referred to yourself as a bitch. You asked her to do the right thing. BTW, you are not done, don’t celebrate yet. She is a tenant who will always have an excuse.

    • I don’t ask for much. And I’m a good landlord. I get the exterminator coming every month. I didn’t charge her for the grandkids which shouldn’t be there clogging the toilet with toys. I have things that SHE has broken repaired within the week. Boiler is inspected. Batteries in the smoke detector changed every 6 months without fail. I’m due for a nice tenant. I believe in karma.

    • I don’t ask for much. And I’m a good landlord. I get the exterminator coming every month. I didn’t charge her for the grandkids which shouldn’t be there clogging the toilet with toys. I have things that SHE has broken repaired within the week. Boiler is inspected. Batteries in the smoke detector changed every 6 months without fail. I’m due for a nice tenant. I believe in karma.

  • The cold hard truth – sometimes you just have to (play the role) of a bitch. Consider yourself up for an Academy Award. Playing one doesn’t mean you are one. And remember, “the squeeky wheel gets the grease.” Good job!

  • I’m just glad you got your rent for the past two months. But now the bet is, Will she pay next month’s rent on time?

    Be cold, be hard, just get your money that’s due to you. 😉

  • I’m just glad you got your rent for the past two months. But now the bet is, Will she pay next month’s rent on time?

    Be cold, be hard, just get your money that’s due to you. 😉

  • There should be no drama in landlording. Again – visit mrlandlord.com where landlords confirm over and over again to newbies that you control your properties and tenants, not the other way around.

    Enact the happy clause – I am sorry that you are not happy staying here, please leave in 30 days.

    If you don’t get the rent on the first by 5:00 p.m., post on her door – so all of the neighbors will see.

    Don’t take calls that late at night. Let her leave a message, then call back within 24 hours.

    Your willingness to work with and accept her excuses is making her into a bad tenant for the next landlord.

  • There should be no drama in landlording. Again – visit mrlandlord.com where landlords confirm over and over again to newbies that you control your properties and tenants, not the other way around.

    Enact the happy clause – I am sorry that you are not happy staying here, please leave in 30 days.

    If you don’t get the rent on the first by 5:00 p.m., post on her door – so all of the neighbors will see.

    Don’t take calls that late at night. Let her leave a message, then call back within 24 hours.

    Your willingness to work with and accept her excuses is making her into a bad tenant for the next landlord.

  • I was wrong! I am glad you got your rent money and are able to pay your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc. It amazes me how so many tenants think their rent money goes to lining the property owners pockets. They don’t have a clue how much goes towards bills. I would not let this tenant reside in the property after their lease is up. Send her a 30 day notice of Intent to not renew the lease when you get the rent check for the last month of the current lease. This way you can get your own tenant (not an inherited one) in your property so you can do your own tenant screening. Good luck!

    • I did a very preliminary version of my taxes and with the taxes, insurance, fees, etc., etc., I netted almost 2K and I have to pay income taxes on that. Go figure. Some tenants think that landlord are making tens of thousands of dollars. I just want to pay the property off in the next few years and then use it to supplement my meager income.

  • I was wrong! I am glad you got your rent money and are able to pay your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc. It amazes me how so many tenants think their rent money goes to lining the property owners pockets. They don’t have a clue how much goes towards bills. I would not let this tenant reside in the property after their lease is up. Send her a 30 day notice of Intent to not renew the lease when you get the rent check for the last month of the current lease. This way you can get your own tenant (not an inherited one) in your property so you can do your own tenant screening. Good luck!

    • I did a very preliminary version of my taxes and with the taxes, insurance, fees, etc., etc., I netted almost 2K and I have to pay income taxes on that. Go figure. Some tenants think that landlord are making tens of thousands of dollars. I just want to pay the property off in the next few years and then use it to supplement my meager income.

  • Good job! You have to do what you have to do. It’s business and you can’t feel sorry for the deadbeats.
    My condo renter paid on time. Thanks goodness. This guy makes good money, but had a tough time with punctuality. I sent him a reminder and he paid on time. I told him to set up auto payment!

    • I never understand people that do not pay their bills on time! I mean, paying for the place where you live and sleep seems like the top priority to me. I know that he’s new in your apartment so good luck!

  • Good job! You have to do what you have to do. It’s business and you can’t feel sorry for the deadbeats.
    My condo renter paid on time. Thanks goodness. This guy makes good money, but had a tough time with punctuality. I sent him a reminder and he paid on time. I told him to set up auto payment!

    • I never understand people that do not pay their bills on time! I mean, paying for the place where you live and sleep seems like the top priority to me. I know that he’s new in your apartment so good luck!

  • I’m glad you got your money, Sandy. I don’t consider you a bitch at all. You just had to convince your tenant that you were serious about the limits you set. She is clearly a lifelong manipulator. Two more months of this and you can get a new one. 🙂

    My brother had to evict the tenant he inherited when he bought his house. She just couldn’t come up with the money on a regular basis. He now has a sweet old lady living there.

    • I’m convinced that inherited tenants are not the best for new owners. If I ever purchase another investment home I’ll ask the tenant to fill out a whole new application in order to stay there.

  • I’m glad you got your money, Sandy. I don’t consider you a bitch at all. You just had to convince your tenant that you were serious about the limits you set. She is clearly a lifelong manipulator. Two more months of this and you can get a new one. 🙂

    My brother had to evict the tenant he inherited when he bought his house. She just couldn’t come up with the money on a regular basis. He now has a sweet old lady living there.

    • I’m convinced that inherited tenants are not the best for new owners. If I ever purchase another investment home I’ll ask the tenant to fill out a whole new application in order to stay there.

  • Congrats Sandy. I know how much a bitch an eviction can be in our part of the Country…it is much easier for you to be the bitch (although I don’t even think you were being a bitch just assertive).

  • Congrats Sandy. I know how much a bitch an eviction can be in our part of the Country…it is much easier for you to be the bitch (although I don’t even think you were being a bitch just assertive).

  • Good job on standing by your lease. You must enforce it like it’s the law because if you do go to court if the tenant can claim you didn’t follow your lease they can delay evictions. Great job!

  • Good job on standing by your lease. You must enforce it like it’s the law because if you do go to court if the tenant can claim you didn’t follow your lease they can delay evictions. Great job!

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