Saturday, September 17, 2016

Adventures of a Landlady - Quiet

Adventures of a Landlady, Quietness is Heavenly.

Maybe because me being seen in the neighborhood so much has calmed down the ..... the, The evicted tenants.

Because I have gave both of them second chances I have to assume that both believe I will allow them to stay since they are behaving like  normal people but with me its strike three.... Your out!

That one tenant that thought I was new at the eviction process and challenged me to get the court ordered eviction got served by the Sheriff already. The way the first of the month fell and then labor day I could not file till the sixth of the month and the courts informed me that they served the papers on the ninth. Three days?! I am guessing the same officer that came out when this tenant called them because I evicted him served the papers and probably with pleasure.

The other one is very quiet, now, but she always makes it known when she sees me in the neighborhood to sit outside. If she had not allowed a "gang" to live there she would not have been evicted for the third and last time.

Although I have been in this business since the 1990`s I am still learning everyday, as the crooks learn new ways to take from people, the people have to learn new ways to block them. From these two I have learned that NO one will rent another house from me unless they have a job, worked there six months, and maybe they should have a car.

Seems to many people are abusing the system and getting SSI and they are drinking and using drugs, looking for that free ride. 

I am not free anymore, I have worked my entire life and sunk every penny into my business and I am tired of people using me. Am I a victim? No I do not think I am because I allowed these people to move in my rentals but I will say this again, lesson learned.

Maybe things will stay quiet with no more drama.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Adventures of a Landlady- Cops Surround House

September 7, 2016

Last week I was told about the dining room floor bucking up at one of the rental houses so I made an appointment with the tenant to come and fix it. 

This is very strange because the sub floor is not wet, not was the oak hardwood, So it was cut out and replaced with new lumber. Since this is not a five minute job I was back and forth in the neighborhood today because I still have a couple pieces of lumber left from last weeks roof repair and boy oh boy did I get my eyes full!

I have two evictions going on right now, one has their time up on the thirty days and still would not move so I paid the courts to get that done and I expect to see the sheriff at that house, plus its know for the dope takers coming and going so I am sure its going to happen sooner or later, the cops will show up for that.

The other tenant still has a couple weeks till she is to be out and she probably will push me to pay the sheriff to remove her but After working at the one rental houses floor I went by the old home place that we are repairing and took measurements and dropped some trash in the trash can, my sister called and asked me if I was done that she wanted a ride to the grocery store to buy meats, I agreed to come get her.

My old home place is located so that I come out to Deyo street, right in front of the one evicted womans house AND lo and behold! The house was surrounded by cops from the sheriffs office, guns drawn and aimed at the doors!

The one deputy watched us as we passed, and kept going. 

I got my sister and went the other way, let them do there job.

I went in with my sister to the little neighborhood grocery store and she shopped, Tony seen friends in the parking lot and chatted.

I know it took a good thirty minutes or more, but when we topped the hill the sheriff department was still there but most were standing at the back door now and not any by the road.

When I dropped my sister back at her place I went the other way, again.

I got home and was winding down and I thought about it so I did it, I called her mother to ask what was going on and she told me they were looking for some guy called TK that hangs out with her grandson and he has 6 felony warrants on him, she went on to say they caught him a couple streets over.

I talked to her about her daughter, that its clear she has mental problems, if she gets out within the 30 days I wont take her to small claims court or have the sheriff remove her from the house and put her stuff in the road. She thanked me but I am not sure if she will get her out or not. Never know about these things.

I have learned a few lessons this year and one is who to rent to and who I am not renting to anymore. 

Another day in the life!

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Adventures of a Landlady - People Are Not Nice Anymore

Adventures of a Landlady - People Are Not Nice Anymore

September 1, 2016

It never fails, if I rent a house to someone that knows Tony, they will screw me over every time.

Once one of his friends son rented a house, newly painted and clean. I had to chase him for the rent every month, I found out he was using MY power and did not get it put into his name. When he finally moved after three or four months the house stunk, I had to repaint to get rid of his smell and he ripped the dryer plug in off the wall. He was a drunk.

Fast forward to today.

I did not listen to my instincts and I rented not one but two houses to people Tony asked me to rent to. Bad decision!

One man moves in that was homeless and Tony allowed him to use his stuff till he could do better. I had to evict because of the domestic violence, over and over, till they were busting doors down and busting out the windows, not mowing the grass and more. I evicted him 30 days ago and he refuses to move, calls the police to me because Tony asked for his stuff. I told the police I was giving him the out but if he wants me to pay you to set him out that it automatic that it goes into the courts, Tony told him about him owing him for paying him out of Jail, th police told him not to ever do that again, let them set in there.

I asked the policeman to explain the options to him, stay and I will have him put out and its in court, no way around it, or leave peacefully and just be gone.

The policeman left and came to my sisters house across the street and told me that he searched the house and did not find any drugs, but he was blaming someone that was visiting for holding drugs.

I had expected this behavior because his ex girlfriend called me last night and told me all about what he told her he was going to do and told me he is crazy. This man is physically handicap. 

Right before dark I was flooded with phone calls telling me he had a truck backed up to the door moving stuff, one is a landlord himself, he watched and circled the house a few times telling me what he was loading up, I told him what he was NOT to take.

The other one.....

A couple days ago I gave notice to another one of Tony`s friends daughter because of all the people living there and its against the rules of the lease, plus I heard that they were selling drugs, noise complaints and fighting crowds of boys. Plus I always have to beg for my rent, that I reduced $100 so she could have a place to live. Big mistake.

I was told today by the church people, this house is across from the church, that those boys are robbing the cars while the people are inside for worship.

I seen her outside and I asked did her son give her the eviction, she said yes and did not like talking to me, told me they all moved out. I told her to bad three strikes and you have to move, she told me she was not moving till 30 days were up and I let her know I did not mind paying the police to help her. BUT I was not mean about it, I can talk to people calmly. I did tell her about the boys and she defended them all, said they were not around last Sunday. See this is a lie because I was in the neighborhood and I heard the fight and seen the police.

I was told a couple days ago by my Uncle that her dad said she always gets ran off from every place she rents. She is bi-polar.

My elderly ladies( both slightly mentally retarded) were told today that they will have to find another way to town next month, I have been taking them for a couple years now every month! They always seem to find a way to go out to the buffets to eat, I do not ask for any gas money and its rare they offer. When Tony told them that he is sick and could not do it anymore the oldest waited a minute and said " Angie, you`re coming to get us next month, right?" I said very stern" Did you not just understand what Tony said? he is sick he cannot wait hours for you to go shopping so I have to pick his health over your shopping." But I did say, I can take you to the bank and to pay the water and power bill, not out to eat and not to go shopping for hours, for that you`ll have to ask your friends or take the bus.

Back in 1995, if I know what I know now about rental houses I would have invested my money somewhere else, the time and bull is not worth it anymore to me.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Running A Business Into The Ground - Great American Dream

Running A Business Into The Ground - Great American Dream

You`re excited because you have just launched your first business, you have seen many of the same business that you chose come and go some failing completely and closing up but you still have that sense of pride that comes with making your very own business come to life, that gut feeling that you can and will make it.

You hire a small staff that you assume has a good background in the service you are providing. The first month is awesome, people are coming and checking out everything, money is coming in.

Now its six weeks into this new business and the traffic is slowing down, some people even voicing their disappointment, but as the proud owner you shake those few complaints off.

A couple more weeks pass and there is only a handful of people coming in, the bills are beginning to come in also, but with no money how will you pay those bills? 

What to do?! 

To run a good business you must have an excellent manager! 

The staff CAN make or break your business. Whether they are rude to customers or if they are to nice. 

Let me explain.

For instance : 

Once I walked into Taco Bell and asked " what do you have good today?" 

The cashier said while making this horrible face " I don`t know, I don`t eat here!" 

I smiled and replied " you don`t eat her, nether will I!" I turned and walked out.

That was a bad call for the cashier to comment like that because it was a loss of money for that business, whether she liked the food or they were dirty she should have never said she did not eat at the place of her employment. 


Running a roofing business is not just hard but a demanding job that needs all of the employees attention, they could fall or hurt themselves. 

This man went to this roofing company and hired them to do his roof, about half way done the man walked up mid day and was talking to one of the employees and he smelled alcohol on his breath, this was not a good impression of the business now that he found out the employees were drinking on the job.

The man put the word out, This company allows the employees to drink on the job. 

It was not the owners fault but POOR management, the manager should have fired that employee, but now the word of mouth is out and his business WILL suffer because of this one person.

A retail store.

Walking in the door you should be acknowledged by a member of the staff, if you need help someone should be there to assist you. If no one cares, then that customer will walk out that door and go to your competitor. 

Once again, one person can make or break your reputation as a good quality place to shop.

Same goes for an online business.

When you put your hard earned money into setting up a site and then you walk off allowing a couple people to work it you depend on good management for your site.

The first couple of months things are doing good,but all of the sudden people no longer are coming to your site. 

Some even make complaints because of the staff but the owner has turned a deaf ear to those complaints because the staff is assuring the owner its just one or two people, get over it.

Soon the staff has ran off all the people that was making the owner the money. 

Just remember, whether its a restaurant or an online site, the staff must be trained to be kind to ALL. After all its YOUR money and not theirs.

The old saying is " The customer is always right!"

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry