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I am an emotional person. I can be loud and boisterous, I can state opinions very clearly, and can get very riled when I am arguing a point. But when it comes to being strict, when I have every right to be strict, my stomach gets tied up in knots.

I rent out my house back in Indiana. The renters have been in since September. They have been late every month since November. Last month, they were 5 days late with no heads-up, no explanation, nothing. I fortunately am able to make the payment on that house without the rent so my credit does not get screwed up.

This time, I decided to put the fire under their ass. On the 31st, I tx’d them, asking if they were paying the rent tomorrow (meaning the 1st.)The tx’d reply-Yes. The night of the 1st, no deposit showed in the online bank statement. I tx her, and the reply is-I will deposit it tomorrow afternoon. Well, here it is the 3rd. Still no rent payment. No explanation. So I left a very terse message saying, “This is the third of April, you told me the rent would be in on the first, then on the second. I need to know what is going on and when this will be paid. I made the house payment because I cannot have my credit screwed up by late payments.”

I have every right to be pissed, right? I did not yell or curse in my msg, did not threaten. I asked for information I rightfully should know. But my stomach hurts. I think it goes back to the times in mgmt when I busted someone’s butt (rightfully so) yet they went to my boss and I got in trouble instead of them. I think I am still gun-shy from those instances.  

I would be angry about it being late-again; but I am even more angry about being lied to-twice. And last month, when they were late with no heads-up, I told them I must be informed ahead of time if there is going to be a delay.

No advice needed here, the lease is up in August and they are moving out. Just needed to vent and get this know in my stomach to loosen.

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      Angelcart wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I’ve been there!  We have a rent house as well and the current renter is great!  Brings cash to my office on the first and has never been late.  Not always the case.  The one before that would not return my calls, purposely avoid me and not report problems (because she was always late!).  She was about 6 weeks behind in rent so we finally went over and changed the locks - wouldn’t you know she came up with rent that day.  Needless to say there was no renewal on the lease.



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I’d be pissed as well. It is one thing if they let you know in advance of a late pmt. And if it only happens a small number of times. But like this HELL NO!! They lied to you.  

      When i was a renter, one time i was going to be late. I called them a week in advance and all was cool. Anytime a pmt will be late for anyting, the person should be informed!!

      So...you have very right to be pissed and I will be pissed with you!! lmao

      And BUH BYE to them in August!!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Sometimes being a landlord is really a bummer. I know how you feel,been there and done that!

      If you do want a thought later on when you‘re getting a new tenant, I can share how I fixed the problem.

      In the meantime, I understand and support you, Lu!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • We had one mutual screw up, when she sent me two rent checks at once (Sept and Oct) with no note, and I deposited them both at the same time. That was in Oct, so November being late I let slide. I even paid half of their overdraft fees from the extra check, and returned the October rent for them to cover themselves until it was actually due.

      I rented a lot in the past, and I had problems sometimes, too. But I never lied.



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      Holly Beck wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • You are not wrong to be angry. I know you said you didn’t need advice, but can you charge them a late fee if the rent is not paid by a certain date?



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      Jenni0811 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Do not feel guilty about this situation. It is not your fault, a reflection on you, or anything remotely negative to do with you....it is all THEM. Chew their ass, send an eviction notice, do whatever feels right to end this negative situation that they are creating for you. Remember.....it’s All About You, Sister! estatic



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • there was just no way to sell the house before we got married and moved to TN, and at the time I was still so emotionally attached. I still am, but this hassle is not worth it.

      I just contacted a friend’s realtor.

      Holly, I need to pull the lease. I forget what is in there about late fees.



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • hey...ya want i should come and evict them early?? lmao That was said in my best gansta voice...tongue out



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • They should be very afraid of Mztracy rollin’ up in the driveway!

      OK, lesson learned. I went into this lease like a lovestruck fiancee who thinks she doesn’t need a pre-nup. I made no allowance for late fees.



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      Jenni0811 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • CindyLou.....as a twice married, twice divorced gal.....there is NEVER a reason NOT to have a Pre-Nup!!!!! ....even in real estate!



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      Jenni0811 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • .....talk is cheap....I haven’t had one yet, so dirt poor now....not gonna happen again! Twice burned for me....



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      Feathermaye wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • You‘re perfectly entitled to feel the way you do, Lu. I just wish there were words of wisdom to keep you from being so miserable for doing what needed to be done.

      Chalk it up to lesson learned, since their time is short in your abode. And just think of what a relief it will be to have that worry gone and done when it sells.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I just got a txt that the rent went in this afternoon. Apparently hubby tried to pay it yesterday at 5:15 and the bank was closed. So why exactly did it take another 24 hours to inform me of this? grrrr



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Because they were buying time.  They wanted to “control” the situation.  

      I would be pissed off too.  I dont think I would make a very good landlord  LOL.

      Well, Im glad you got the rent.  I know it can be frustrating.   When I get stressed, it goes all to my back and shoulders.

      xoxo



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Cindy, have you thought about checking into a property management company? You pay them a fee and they take care of rents, repairs, ect...of course the repairs would be paid by you, but they have to be approved by you also.
      I know that you have had some issues with these tenants. A management company could take alot of this stress away for you.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Sometimes I think about buying some income property and then I hear things like this and I think, NAW!



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Lu...I read where you stated they sent you two checks for Oct. and Nov. with NO NOTE...and you deposited them.  Then...they come and say...one was for one month and the other for Nov.  

      Let me get this straight.  You paid half of their overdraft fees?  That was not your fault.  First of all...there is no such thing as a post-dated check anymore.  If you send me two checks with no note....no special instructions...how in the world were you to know?  I guess you‘re a mind reader.  I would have told them...you didn’t send me a note...I assumed you were paying for two months and wanted to show it in two different checks.  People pay things that way lots of time.  Can you change your lease in the middle of it?  Can you change your lease to read there will be a $10 late charge for everyday your payment is late???? What are the laws in evicting renters?



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • Lu you have every right to be pissed and YOU ARE TOO NICE!! happy



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I felt like the two check deposit was half my fault, because she did tell me, sort of. I was coming back from vacation on Labor Day, and she called while I was driving to tell me the rent check was being mailed (which was the first time it was after the due date!) She told me that she was going to go ahead and pay Oct’s rent too, because she wanted to get bills paid ahead of time. I told her OK, and also said I was traveling and on my cell phone. Then the two checks showed up, no reminder.



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      Stephanie Lawrence wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I would definitely be PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE liars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to do whatever you have to do to get them out NOW!!!!!!!, don’t wait until the lease is up, it’s just gonna be more lies every month and you don’t need the headache or the tummy ache



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 4, 2009
    • Lou,

      I now have a management company to do mine - plus they have an insurance policy which if the renter defaults they have to pick up the tab I’m not left with no money - it’s worth the money as I never think about it ......
      The present morons flooded the bathroom and then went away for a week and called the company on a day before their return wanting it fixed pronto - you can imagine the smell .....the management company dealt with everything but they are out on their ear next month - even though they want to stay ......
      Lou it’s your house so you can be angry and also it’s a business arrangement - it’s not like they are friends your doing a favour for



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      Janeofmyjungle wrote Apr 4, 2009
    • You sound a lot like me, I get mad and stick up for myself and then get myself all upset and sick feeling and then feel guilty.  This goes for work and personal.  We are strong independent women who stick up for ourselves, but we are also good people, so that is where the guilt comes in.



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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 4, 2009
    • Lu..I still have not heard you say that they told you that the next months check was not to be deposited.  But anyway....you live and learn.

      What are the eviction laws in Indiana?  Or what is the procedures?  

      When these clowns are out for good...next rental agreement you come up with ....make sure you have in there that every date it’s late they will owe you $10 a day or whatever you want..until it’s paid.  I know a lot of places down here that do that and it does make a difference.  Let us know when it comes in if it does.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Apr 4, 2009
    • Lu is this the same house where the tree fell? If it is, I can’t imagine you will have any trouble selling it. It’s adorable! At any rate, I hope you are feeling better. And I hope they don’t play you again.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 4, 2009
    • Yes, Cindy, this is the one that I had to pay almost $1000 to repair the electric meter and wires after the ice storm. that was the same month that they were 6 days late and never called to warn me, explain, anything. And when I said, you must tell me ahead of time if it's going to be late, it was like I told them something brand-new and earth-shattering!

      deep breath I already heard back from a realtor. I am going to ask the renters if they are just hanging out til August because that's when the lease is up. If the realtor is ready to roll with it on the market, I may ask them to break the lease.



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      Encee wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • I hear what  you‘re saying Cindy.  Sometimes when you try to be the nice one, you feel like you get pooped on.  

      Keep taking those deep breaths!  

      Nancy



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      Marilyn09 wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems with renters.
      I also wonder if it would be a mistake to sell your home now- with the economy and all (in WA state) its all topsy turvy.
      Instead I wonder what if you say that the rent has to be paid  2 weeks before its due for you?  Just thinking out loud..estatic



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      Marilyn09 wrote Jul 5, 2009
    • wow - I just noticed that this blog was old.

      please disregard
      estaticestaticestatic



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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 5, 2009
    • I am w/UK What about hiring a management service for a very small fee they will manage the place, do the up keep do the eviction and really do a good job checking out references & credit histories of the future renters. You could even raise the rent to cover the mgmnt fee. They will keep a regular eye on the place.The small fee is worth the Tummy ache the current renters are giving you. Good luck and you have every right to charge a late fee BuT be careful what the law says in your area. Some ststes must return the late fee after the tenant moves out if they choose to persue the matter. Others do not. But even there the mgmnt service is very knowledgable about your and tenant rights.



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