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March 25th, 2018 at 11:40 am

Today is March 25 and I am still waiting for the rent which was due March 1. When I contacted my tenant on March 9, I was told that the rent had been mailed on the 5th. When I contacted the tenant on the 12th, I was told that the envelope had been returned for lack of postage. Oops, so sorry. This past week, I was told that the money order has been cancelled and now I will receive a check from Wal-Mart (where the money order was purchased).

Update: When a Wal-Mart money order is cancelled, Wal-Mart sends a refund to the purchaser. This makes sense, but is not what the tenant told me. I conclude he either misunderstood or is being less than truthful.

As it happens, my son and daughter-in-law gave a 30 day notice to the tenant and are moving shortly (they were sub-letting a room).

So I am left unsure if this is an honest mistake or if a decision has been made to move and this is a stall tactic while unpaid rent accumulates. Either way, I am considering how much I want to tolerate before retaining an attorney and beginning eviction. If I need to go that route, the house is going on the market. I will not look for another tenant.

We are in early planning stages for a family cruise. Probably Mexico.

4 Responses to “Rental Status”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Non payment from renters is one reason I don't want to be a landlord. Do they have some sort of proof from Walmart that this is what is happening? Is that what Walmart does issue a refund check to a third party? I hope it works out in your favor soon.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I'm so sorry. It sounds like they are trying to live rent free while they look for something else. Hope this isn't the case, but nothing surprises me.

  3. Jan Says:

    can you get your tenants to pay straight into your bank account? That what we do in Aus, cheques are rarely used here at all, most banking is automated.

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    Hi Jan, the tenant asked the same thing. I will not give out my checking account number, but have a savings account at the same bank. I drew the balance down to $10 and sent him some deposit slips. We will see if he uses one soon or not.

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