It’s almost been a month since I last published. What’s my sorry excuse?
I’ve been sunning myself in various locations around the globe. Alas, it’s back to reality now, and what a landfill of diarrhea it is.
Naively, I had genuine intentions of sitting under an umbrella, tapping away on my laptop and unleashing a few posts. Reality was, I ended up laying there with my shades on while drooling over exotic women and tucking my erection under the elastic waist band of my swim shorts. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
If this particular holiday taught me anything about being a landlord, it’s that tenant’s aren’t just for Christmas.
Tenants are for life. Every damn second of the day, in fact.
While I was away I had a few tedious moments with one of my tenants that got right on my tits. I don’t know what I did that was so terrible in my past life, but I felt Karma unleashed her wrath.
Granted, ordinarily I wouldn’t have been so phased by it all, but I think I became overly aggravated because I was on holiday, and I just wanted everything to be perfect and worry free (as you do on holiday).
Schedule of events that irritated me
No (late) rent
Tenant was due to pay rent 4 days before I was set to leave the country. I silently waited until my day of departure (I figured 4 days was a generous amount of time for him to get his shit together). He failed to deposit the funds.
Mistake number 1.
Tenant made ME chase
On the morning of my departure, I text my tenant enquiring when rent would be paid.
That’s mistake number 2.
I shouldn’t have had to initiate the conversation. He knew rent was due, and he knew perfectly well he didn’t pay it. He should have contacted me first; I had given him 4 days to come crawling on his knees.
If I was in his position, I would have made contact first and informed the landlord with whatever sorry excuse I had managed to construe from out of my arse, and then told him when it would be paid. But I guess that’s the difference between someone with decency and an inconsiderate skid mark that enjoys sucking the blood out of innocent and beautiful people.
It took him 72 hours to respond to my text message.
There we go, mistake number 3.
It shouldn’t take someone that long to respond to a text message, especially when it’s about something relatively important.
If my tenants need extra time to pay rent, I’m perfectly fine with that as long as they communicate with me. I just hate all the waiting and chasing.
In all fairness, his response contained an apology, and a believable excuse. Apparently he was paid late by his employer, and would pay me the next day. He also said he would notify me with a confirmation text once he’s paid.
At this point I was on my holiday in the Far East so I didn’t want to think about work, and also, texting back and forth was now an expensive delicacy. Either way, I responded and told him that was fine.
Next day had come and gone and I was still waiting for his confirmation.
Mistake number 5.
Missing rent and further communication issues
Even though I didn’t receive any correspondence from the mute, I checked my bank online to see if he managed to pay rent. To my surprise, he paid.
However, rent was 30% short.
Mistake number 6.
He didn’t pay the entire amount, and didn’t even bother informing me he was short.
24 hours later, I’m laying on a beach texting my tenant, enquiring why the entire rent wasn’t paid.
Once again he had forced me to initiate a conversation he should have started. I told him rent was short (like the mute didn’t know!), and asked him to tell me when the remaining balance could be settled.
Mistake number 7.
Communication issues continue
Another 24 hours past and I was evidently still dealing with a mute.
Again, I decided to check my account online.
Amazingly, he had deposited the remaining 30%.
So after 10 days of being in arrears, he had paid his rent.
But again, it was the lack of communication that was getting on my tits.
I’m not even sure what the point of this blog post is. But I think it has something to do with the following:
- I wanted to explain why I haven’t been posting as much recently.
In the grand scheme of things, the situation really wasn’t THAT bad. While communication was piss-poor on my tenant’s behalf, he did eventually pay.
The thing is, I’m a reasonable guy. I don’t mind if my tenants need extra time to pay rent (as long as it doesn’t become a habit), but at least be bloody courteous and let me know what is going on.
- The combination of ignoring my texts and paying in random amounts without informing me became tedious.
- Tenants always seem to become problematic when I’m on annual leave. Very annoying.
So, on that note, has anyone else recently been irritated by their tenant or landlord? If so, let’s here it!
Experiencing serious problems with tenants that don’t communicate?
If you’re going through a more serious situation with your tenant (let’s face it, mine was a bit of a joke) and could do with some professional and practical advice, I recommend getting in touch with LegalforLandlords for some free legal advice – they’re one of UK’s most reputable legal services for landlord.
For those wondering, yes, I had a fabulous holiday, and yes, it’s truly disgusting to be back! Thanks for asking! x
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