I have a tenant. Oh boy, do I have a tenant. If you have not been following my saga, please go back and read a bit. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
- First, I crossed off a bucket list item when I bought a house with a tenant already in it.
- Then I wondered if I was being a pushover since my tenant never paid her rent on time.
- Finally, she pissed me off by not paying her rent earlier this month so I sent her a notice to vacate for non-payment of rent.
After everything that has occurred I feel as if I owe you an update about the tenant situation. Recall, my tenant has terminal cancer and the government pays about 75% of her rent. With the exception of 2 months, she’s paid her rent late every month since I purchased the home. When I hadn’t received her rent for November, I sent her a certified, return receipt notice to pay within 3 days of receipt (including a $50 late fee) or vacate within 10 days or eviction proceedings would begin.
The letter arrived to the home on the 15th however it was not signed for, so I arranged a redelivery. The letter was finally delivered on the 19th a little after 1PM. Wouldn’t you know it, but my cell phone began ringing at 4pm. Considering that she hadn’t called me since her rent had been due almost 3 weeks before, I knew that she had received my letter. Since she has the option of directly depositing her rent into my account or mailing it to me, I decided to check my account. Whad’ya know? The rent had been paid within an hour of the delivery of my letter.
Last month I had asked you, dear reader, what to do if she paid late. The majority of you said to charge her the late fee and let her know that lateness would not continue to be tolerated. I think that she gets the message. In fact, I gave her the courtesy of returning her call where she made no mention of the letter. I am sure that she assumed that I did not know that the letter had been delivered since it would take 2 days for the return portion to get back to me. Ah, the advances of the internet. She said that she had mailed the rent out but that it was returned unopened and miracle-of-all-miracles, she had just received her check back today. **cough** BULLSHIT **cough**. I was nice and didn’t call her on her obvious lie. From now on, she said, she would just deposit the rent on the first of the month instead of mailing a check. Considering that the rent is due on the first, that’s awfully nice of her.
Since the tenant now knows that I mean business and that I know the laws of the state, I think that she’s been scared straight, but I still will not renew her lease again. I only did a 6 month lease with her which will end in April and I can’t wait to get rid of her. The house will probably be vacant for that month while I clean it up and look for tenants but I should be able to rent it for slightly more than what I collect from her now. Plus, she smokes and has a HUGE scary dog which makes my insurance rate ridiculously high. Even if I lose money for that month I hope to regain it on the back end by charging a higher rent and reducing my insurance premiums on the home.
Hopefully nothing else will go wrong within the next few months but with this tenant one can never be too sure.
This post was featured in the 83rd edition of the Carnival of Money Stories hosted by Money Beagle.
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