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|Sat, 06-05-2004 - 5:00pm|
Okay--chalk it up to me being naive...we rented out our other house in mid-April. Last month the rent was due on May 1st. My renter was a few days late, but called and said the money was coming and then dropped it off. Her rent was due June 1st this month and I still haven't gotten a check. I called on Thursday (6/3), dropped off a letter reminding her of the terms of her lease yesterday (6/4) and still haven't heard back from her. I just called today (her rent is four days outstanding) and her son said, "She's sleeping, can you call back?" To which I replied, "Um, this is Christi, please have her call ME back when she wakes up!" I'm seriously pissed, I'm not running a charity here, and am starting to feel a little taken advantage of. I told her she could pay the security deposit over a 3 month period, I've received exactly 10% of it in two and a half months. PLUS, she wasn't happy with the refridgerator I bought, so she had me return it and upgrade--she owes me another hundred bucks for that. So all told, she owes me a good 2Gs. Per the terms of the lease, I can liquidate her assets in MY house after 30 days, and I get a 10% late fee after 10 days, but it's only day 4 AND I need the d*mn security depo. Obviously a chunk of this is my fault for being too nice (and believe me, I'm not EVER going to make THAT mistake again), but how would you handle it? I mean, she's got freaking KIDS OLDER THAN ME, I don't want to play RENT POLICE every month, you know? WTF? I've never rented before, so I guess I just went into this a little blind as I can't imagine not paying my rent on time. Grrrrrrrr.