the check is in the mail

April 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm 2 comments

so i got home today and guess what was in the mail?! the security deposit from my missing tenants. wtf? last i heard from them was last monday. i have left at least two phone messages maybe more ~ on his cell and at the house number. sent him an email ~ our initial point of contact throughout the whole search and application process. and sent him three texts! all simply asking for an update on the deposit and telling them that if i didn’t receive it i would be unable to hold the house for them any longer and would be re-listing. and all completely unanswered.

it’s a bank processed check and as soon as i opened it i called him. no answer. so i called the house and got her. she seemed surprised. had no idea i had been trying to reach them. she said she had been out of town but had processed the check through her online bill pay beginning of last week. and in her defense it adds up. the check was processed and mailed on the 30th (from her bank headquarters in VA not locally) and i know that the process can take a couple days so she likely did it early in the week.

but i’m nervous. why didn’t he return my calls, emails, texts?! they almost lost the house. well not really since i had no other definite applicant as of yet. but i spent my entire weekend stressed out and playing little ms realtor. i even made an appointment with an actual realtor for this evening and was ready to let someone else handle things. a process that would have cost me at least $700.

i guess i should be thankful. i have tenants again. i have their deposit. it’s not a lease yet but the deposit is nonrefundable. a guarantee of intent to occupy. so at the very least it buys me a month. but she sounded sincere. yes, they still want the house and plan to move in may 1. send the lease for review and signature. two year term. she doesn’t want to move again. i only hope this isn’t a preface of what’s to come. i manage three other rentals ~ two owned by my mom, one by a family friend ~ and have a few extra grey hairs from dealing with landlord lunacy. i’ve heard and seen it all. every excuse. every issue. but at the end of the day i’ve always know they aren’t my houses so i’m not the one getting burned. but this time it is my house. my credit. my financial commitment.

taking a deep breath and moving forward. the check is no longer in the mail. it’s in the bank.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. crazyrunninglegs  |  April 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Woo-hoo for tenants! But yes, very odd that they didn’t get back to you!

  • 2. Barista  |  April 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Very weird…hopefully this isn’t any indication of how the rent will be handled.

    One less thing to worry about now, right? Or is it one more thing to worry about? Hopefully the former.


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