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Renter Woes-Updated

March 3rd, 2008 at 09:05 pm

We went to court this morning, and they gave us an opportunity to work it out with our tenants, at first I didn't want to but our tenants said they would really like to work something out and not have a judgment on their credit file. So the new agreement is they will be out by 3/6. They will pay us a total of $1358 for Feb, this includes the late fee, court costs and the cost to serve them - $250 will be due every Friday starting this Friday 3/7.

They will still owe March's rent but I told them we will do our best to rent this out as quickly as possible, but this will be prorated from the time it's actually rented. Our tenant said she felt she shouldn't have to pay for March, so I said right back to her/him, and you think WE should? You did not provide me ANY time to try and rent this due to this situation. I think she finally got the point.

I explained her deposit would first be used for any damages, the remaining would be applied towards the remaining March rent. We signed the court paperwork and it's been submitted. If they don't keep to that our case is still open and we can go to trial without having to start this process all over again.

So - that's good news at least! I really wanted to get our money back for the Feb payment and it looks like we will!

I guess sometimes tenants do want to make good. Although I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch, first step, see if they are ready for the walk through by Thursday as we agreed.

5 Responses to “Renter Woes-Updated”

  1. lost in debt Says:

    I hope this works out to be good news for you and they pay up.

  2. jaiparis Says:

    Ya me to!

  3. RegkinsOrDie Says:

    I'm sorry to hear you have had such a horrendous experience with renters. I know that the way many laws are here in Florida, they definitely benefit the tenants. I personally rent, but I feel guilty if my rent check doesn't make it there at least a day early, or if it gets there on a weekend and he can't cash it immediately! I just don't see how anyone can disrespect another person the way some tenants do. Most landlords are not made of money and rely on renters to pay the mortgage and for income to pay their own bills. Its so sad. Hopefully you won't have much damage to your unit.

    Good luck.

  4. jaiparis Says:

    Your right, we aren't made of money, and we do have one renter that always pays on time, no issues, he just paid us yesterday. So I know there are good tenants, it just seems finding them is sometimes an issue. It does sound like our tenants are doing everything they can to clean up the rental so most of their deposit will go to March's rent, it's really in their interest to do this otherwise they will owe us even more. I will know on Thursday.

  5. katwoman Says:

    I'm in the same boat as you. I've got one who will not even speak to me so I'm at the point of filing a 5 day notice and hopefully getting him out altogether.

    Amazing how some people think they can use you as a short term loan just because you're the landlord and they feel YOU owe it to THEM.

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