14th December 2007

Ex-Tenant + Worthless Check = Jail

This afternoon, I received a phone call from an ex-tenant who mentioned that he needed to come to my office and pay some money he owed and get a receipt.

The background of this story is that this joker mailed me a worthless check for the last month’s rent and about 20-days worth of late fees then proceeded to disappear leaving the house a total mess. And all this after I offered to let him out of his lease.

When I say, “mess” this included the lower-unit of an outboard boat engine, car tires, non-working rear-projection big-screen TV, various car parts, a mountain of trash and a ruined in-sink garbage disposal unit among other things.

Apparently, this degenerate was recently pulled over by the police, for who knows what, and taken to jail because there was a bench warrant out for his arrest due to the worthless check that I filed with the Florida state attorney.

Basically, the court probably read him the riot act and ordered him to make good on the worthless check. The blog worthy part of this is that after he handed over the cash he owed and got the receipt, he proceeded to try to negotiate with me to get back part of the security deposit. (WTF?!)

I told him that he would have to take me to court for the deposit. If he does take me to court, it will be my pleasure to present to the judge the before and after photos and the unopened, certified “disposal of deposit” letter which I sent him and was returned because he tried to “disappear” without paying his bills.

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  1. 1 On December 15th, 2007, Jessica Hickok said:

    Good luck to the jackass tenant. He should know better than to go up against you. Uhh…very recent arrest ring a bell?

  2. 2 On December 17th, 2007, Scott Ficek said:

    That is awesome. Can you tell us about how you filed the complaint with the state?

  3. 3 On December 17th, 2007, TheLandlord said:

    Scott,
    The Florida state attorney’s office has an electronic packet of instructions on their web site explaining how to file a complaint/prosecute a worthless check.

    When I was finished gathering everything required for the filing, it was quite a stack of paper.

  4. 4 On March 18th, 2008, Harastus said:

    I’ve inherited the same type of dirtball-irresponsible tenants who skip after they realize that a new no-slack landlord has taken over. I have a schedule of charges for cleaning up specific areas and items on the property that I present to each tenant upon signing the lease. When they skip, I’m left tallying up the charges and entering the outstanding charges into my property management software. Being that I’m still new at this, does anyone know if I’m somehow able to write off these unpaid charges on my federal income tax returns. If so, what part of what form would I use?

  5. 5 On March 18th, 2008, TheLandlord said:

    Harastus
    I’m not a CPA so be sure to consult one before following this advice.

    That being said, you can only write off actual expenses you incur. Unless you have a corporate entity, the expenses go on the Schedule C you file with your 1040.

  6. 6 On April 1st, 2008, The Smell Of Eviction Is In The Air said:

    […] mean, why people why, let things get this far along? Between the worthless check charges, time sitting in jail and the eviction, this lady will probably never be able to pay […]

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