So a few years back I had a tenant break a lease and attempt to move out on the sly. They did this presumably because they had caused extensive damage to one of the bathrooms, which they did not report and then wrote a bad check for their last month’s rent.
They even left a very lame hand-written note apologizing for moving out and that they would pay their late fees in arrears, blah blah blah. Of course, the late fees never materialized and the tenant was never heard from again.
Well, as a matter of policy, if a tenant passes a bad check to me and tries to disappear I file a worthless check complaint with the local state attorney’s office. This is when the wheels of justice begin to grind and creek. Though they might turn slowly, they don’t stop turning.
A full 2 and a half years after the worthless check complaint was filed, I received a check from the county Clerk of Courts in the amount of $100. This is good because this tells me that the law has finally caught up with the tenant presumably at a traffic stop and my favorite, they went to jail unexpectedly.
What will be interesting, will be to see how long it takes the tenant to pay the other $700.