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Submitted by Coronita on October 17, 2021 - 9:34pm
So I got a call from one of my tenants today, who said that in December they are going overseas for 2 months and wanted to inform me he won't be here.
I'm like ok have fun, I'll deal with any issues that might arise with the property while you are gone. But it gets better.
Tenant proceeds to ask me "well yeah, while I'm gone, can I not pay rent since I'm not using the place"....
I'm not even kidding.
So I'm very polite and explain.. dude, if you rent a car for a week, and it rains and you can't use it for 2 days, does the car rental company say "gee Mr. X, you don't need to pay for the car the 2 days you didn't use it while you had it in possession..." Or more appropriately... If I buy a house with a mortgage, and go on vacation for 2 months, will the bank say "Gee Mr. Flu, since you aren't using it, you don't need to pay for mortgage during those 2 montns"... And while you are on vacation for 2 months, can I call up the HOA and say, gee my tenant is on vacation and isn't using the place, and since he's not using it, can I not pay for HOA during those 2 months...
Oh it gets better.
He then proceeds on a mini rant about how covid made things cost more. The plane ticket overseas is now $5000, and it's a lot more than he expected to pay, and that can he get a covid relief... Yup.. I was like Dude, you make $100k/year, you never had your pay cut, there are people starving and who lost your job. You are CHOOSING VOLUNTARILY to go overseas and pay those high cost plane tickets. I said, you can try to claim economic hardship from covid, but you know dude, I don't think it will work for you. But if you are interested, you can try to apply and so can I and keep in mind it's a payment deferral and not a payment forgiveness.
Oh and it gets even better.
He then asks if his brother can come here and sublet. I'm like hell no, read your freaking rental contract about no subletting. And if you do it behind my back, that's a breach of contract and subject to lease termination and eviction.
Oh and it gets even better than that.
But guess what. He's seriously considering terminating the lease and said he will think about it and probably do that.... Yeah, I know.
I sort of chuckled and said. Dude, I like you, up to now you haven't really given me a hard time but I'm going to give you some advice. Yes, by all means, if you want to terminate the lease over 2 months of rent you don't want to pay while you are not here, that is certainly a decision for you.. But keep in mind...
*You currently pay $1550/month for a 1/1 condo in MM for the past almost 3 years and I have never raised your rent nor did I plan to.
And yet, he said. He'll think about it and let me know by 10/31. I told him. Sure, go ask your friends and peers what they would do....
Mind boggling. Simply mind boggling...
See, i don't even need to be an evil landlord by constantly jacking up prices... Even when I try to be nice and explain things with reason and logic, people end up shooting themselves in the foot, and I end raising rent prices anyway....
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