This is just getting old. Recently I mentioned that I was about to freak out because we were about to have three properties vacant at one time. Well the third one, where the tenants just renewed the lease, went belly up. And, you know, I just KNEW something was up, here’s why.
I spoke with the tenants on the phone about renewing the lease about 45days prior to the end of the lease term and asked them if they wanted to stay. They were ALL gung-ho about staying. I then mailed them a “Notice to Renew or Vacate” and they never returned it. I spoke with them again about it and again they said they wanted to stay. Again, the notice was not returned. Finally, I showed up at the door and asked about it they signed it and I took it with me. I just refuse to let tenants go month-to-month.
This month, they mailed me a worthless check for the rent. I called them multiple times about it and they simply stonewalled me for a week. When I posted a three-day notice to “pay rent or quit” (as required by Florida law), they left.
When I went in to inspect the property, there was a very lame note written on lined notebook paper apologizing for them leaving and promising that they would make good on the worthless check, blah, blah, blah. The note mentioned that there was some “mildew” from the air-conditioning air handler “leaking.” Ya, the “mildew” was actually black mold and it was located on the wall in another room located nowhere near the air handler.
It turns out that the shower stall tile, near the floor, in the master bath had come loose, no doubt due to old grout. Well, these IDIOTS continued to use the shower stall until the entire length of it split because the drywall behind it was now soggy, causing even more moisture to get inside the wall. Gee, I wonder why there is mold on the other side of the wall? IDIOTS! Not to mention that they left all kinds of trash and even some nasty furniture behind for me to dispose of.
These people only lived there for 1 year and 1 month and they couldn’t even call me to let me know about the bathroom tile?
As a result of this, every property will undergo an inspection, every three months at maximum, from now on. I also plan to file worthless check charges with the state attorney within 30-days and take them to small-claims court for the damages. It STILL amazes me that people think they can get away with this kind of behavior. They’ll have some time to think about it when they get arrested for passing a worthless check.
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