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Tenant From Hell Threatens Me

I know that I haven’t updated you on my entire weekend with my tenant from hell, but I promise you that a long and detailed post on it is coming up. I just couldn’t pass this one up. Today is June 30 and I came in to my office to a voicemail from my tenant threatening me with legal action because I changed the locks on my house…the house that she moved out of…from last weekend. This is the same house that she assured me that she no longer had anything in and was completely finished with. […]

Losing My Tenant From Hell

Losing My Tenant From Hell

I have purposely not updated you on my dealing with my tenant because I knew that this day would come. My tenant from hell is leaving my house. Let the celebrations begin! Usually I give you the long version of my dealing with my tenant, but this time I figured that I would give you the short, short version.

As you already know, my tenant has a habit of not paying the last portion of her rent on time. A program pays about 80% of her rent to me directly and she had to pay the balance. If she didn’t pay her rent by the 6th of the month she would incur a late fee. She had been on a decent clip for about 2 months with paying her rent on time and then she fell off the cliff.

Tenant From Hell Round 4?

Tenant From Hell Round 4?

It’s been a while since I updated you on my tenant from hell.  First, I have to say, thanks for following this saga.  From the outside looking in, I know that it sort of looks like a soap opera, and some of you now know the story better than I do myself.  If you don’t, just browse through the rental property category to get caught up.  Now, last time that I updated you on my tenant, I made a surprise visit to the house and found hell and chaos waiting for me.  We hoped that she would be able to pay her rent until her lease expires in April.  She even gave me a check for January’s rent ahead of time. […]

My Tenant Paid The Rent

My Tenant Paid The Rent

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.

My Tenant's Rent Is Late...Again

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late…Again

I took a deep cleansing breath before beginning this post, however, I can not guarantee that I will make it to the end of this post without bursting into virtual hair pulling.  Early last month I told you about my tenant that has been consistently late in paying her rent.  I hadn’t charged her the late fees outlined in our lease agreement and decided to begin charging her the late fees if she was late with November’s rent.  Lo and behold, it is now the 12th and I have yet to receive the balance of the rent that she is responsible for.

I’m not a stalkerish type of landlord.  I don’t call or write or bug her at all.  I let the grace period of 5 days go by.  You know how Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day?  Well, she came out of hiding on the 6th day, which happened to be last Saturday.  She must have called me 10 times that day saying that she was going to pay the rent by depositing directly into my bank account.  I never answered her phone calls and allowed them to go to voicemail.  I did call her back on Wednesday to tell her that i had not received the rent and to ask if she needed any additional information.  She didn’t answer my voicemail or return my call. […]

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Time To Be The Hardnosed Landlord?

I knew that this post would come up eventually, but I was hoping that it would not occur for some time. You might remember that I purchased an investment property a few months ago which came with a tenant. The tenant receives most of her rent subsidized for her since she has terminal cancer. Rent in the state where I own the property is cheap and she now has about 85% of her rent subsidized, so she is responsible for a relatively small amount of her rent. She is also responsible for paying her own utilities.

When I purchased the home I gave her a six month lease to see if we could deal successfully with each other. Her lease ends at the end of this month, and we were just discussing a possible renewal when I realized something…She has not paid her rent on time once within the nearly 6 months since I’ve owned the house. The portion that the state subsidized arrives 2 weeks early directly from them, but her portion has never been on time. In fact, her September payment was “lost in the mail” so it was combined with October’s rent which I received 8 days late and only after calling her. […]