I can’t pay rent this month, because my best friend was in jail and she needed bail money. I’ll have to pay next month.
Sometimes the best questions are asked BEFORE a tenant moves in, often they can raise a red flag. Here are a few that should make you smile. Can I pay rent with food stamps (Nope, not a grocery store!) I’m not allowed within 1000 feet of a school…. Are there any around here? (Said after the tenant had stated that they did not have any type of criminal record) What is your average eviction time for non-payment? Do you allow chickens? (On a 3rd story apartment in a multi-unit complex) I know the rent was listed at $900/month, but I can’t afford that…. Can you lower it to..
Don’t send that deposit check! New and experienced renters alike are often victims to rental listing scams. It happens like this: you search online for that perfect rental. You find it and contact the manager/owner about renting. They message you back and tell you to email all your personal info for an “application” or ask you to mail them a deposit check with certified funds. Next thing you know, they have your money and you have no keys. When searching for rentals online, it is very easier for scammers to steal pictures and details about a house to create their own rental listings. If in..
I refuse to pay rent because I am living in an INFESTATION!!! There are bugs on the balcony…
This story comes strait from Detroit a few years ago, its sad but true. It is a great reason to educate tenants, and owners on the treatment options for bed bugs. www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/05/womans-failed-attempt-fight-bedbugs-sparks-fire/75242704/
Sorry, I can’t pay rent right now because YOUR lease says we have to abide by all city and state laws. Now I have to get my dog licensed with the city and have to pay for a rabies shot so they will give me the license! All for a dog that wasn’t authorized in the first place!!
We can’t pay rent because while we were on vacation, the rent money fell out of my pocket. I think it was while we were on a ride in Disney Land….
A irate tenant calls complaining that there are ants in the apartment. She states that they are infesting the property. The owner of the property immediately calls a pest control property and send them out to clean up the pests. A week later, the tenant calls again, stating that the ants are back, and demands a different pest control company comes out since the first one obviously didn’t know what they were doing. The owner, once again complies… And once again, a week later she calls with the same complaint. Finally the owner, upset at ‘losing’ so much money, hires a property manager to handle..
A resident calls quite upset stating that the owner needs to pay for a new roof NOW! After calming them down, the manager inquires as to what is wrong with the roof. The tenant exclaims that it is SO loud when it rains that it is now affecting her life! Unfortunately, it is a metal roof that is less than 2 years old. Time to get some ear plugs if she doesn’t like the sound of rain on a metal roof!
After two years of residency a tenant was served notice of a rental increase. The next month when the manager received the rent, it was for the ‘old’ rent amount. After chasing down the tenant to inquire why they didn’t pay the new/full amount. The tenant replied, “Oh, I thought i didn’t have to pay that if I didn’t want to!”