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