Dear Deviled Angel,
I was going to rent an apartment recently that was $500 per month because the owner was going out of town to work on a cruise ship. I put down a $500 cash deposit to hold it. Well two weeks before he was scheduled to leave I got a job out of town as well so I didn’t need the apartment anymore. The owner had a fit and refused to give me back my deposit. I told him I had a friend who would take the apartment in my stead and he raised the rent to $600. She had no problem with the increase, gave him a $600 deposit and paid the pro-rated amount for the rest of the month. The landlord still refuses to give me back my deposit even though I found someone who paid him more than I would have. He said I gave him a lot of attitude and I put him in a bad situation. I don’t get it! What should I do?
(shakin’ my head)… I need to tell you something. But first I need you to sit down and take a deep breath, Victor… Ready?… Your ass just got ROBBED!!! Dude you might as well have given your money to a crackhead and set your friend up to date him afterwards! Eff those excuses; he’s refusing to give you your money back because he spent it!! And you have no paper trail to prove you ever gave it to him, DUMBASS!! Cash??!! REALLY!!?? I’m not assuming you’re rolling in dough since you’re paying $500 for an apartment. So consider this a very expensive lesson learned!
Wow! Business is business so your “attitude” should have no bearing on your deposit being returned. And it sounds like you rectified the situation by putting him in an even better one. There’s no way to be certain of the real reason he’s not giving you your money. But if he spoke about the situation to the friend you set up in the apartment then perhaps you could take him to small claims court and bring your friend in as a witness. Call information in your city to get directions on how to proceed with that.
Dear Deviled Angel,
I have a tenant in one of my homes that has lost his damn mind! He’s never paid rent on time. And always complained about how high it was. I charge him $500 per month which is not high at all and I even pay the rest of the rent myself when I don’t even live there because I know he’s struggling. We got into an argument because he wants me to pay even more of his rent out of my pocket! So he said he was going to move out at the end of the month and he refused to pay the last month of rent. A few days after our argument he asked me to write him a notarized letter saying he was paying $1000 per month and that he pays on time and is an ideal tenant. I said no but that I would write him a letter saying that he paid $500 every month (and I would leave out the part about the rent being late). That was not good enough for him and he went off on me and said that he couldn’t believe after all he’s done for me that I would not help him get into another place. He called me names and said that I was a horrible person.. I don’t think I was wrong. But what if he tries to vandalize my apartment or my things? Or worse what if he doesn’t leave at the end of the month?
OMG! No he didn’t have a bitch-fit because you wouldn’t lie for him.. That ungrateful bastard should be put out TODAY! He is taking advantage of you because you are a woman and he is exploiting your “weakness”. You need to let him take a walk in your shoes. Find two super-tough overgrown gay thugs fresh out of prison and on their way back in. Give them the address to the home he’s staying in and a key. Once he spends the night “walking in your shoes” I’m sure he’ll think twice about trying to take advantage of the “weaker” sex. Make sure they tell him they’ll be back on the 1st of next month!
He obviously is used to getting more out of the deal than he puts in. By you giving him a break on the rent and accepting his late payments in the first place you’ve spoiled him as a tenant and now he doesn’t know how to react when you put your foot down. He’s obviously having a temper tantrum. Don’t bother with him it will just frustrate you. Call your local police precinct as well as your area Landlord and Tenant Court to document the situation. That way it is on record what has transpired between the two of you. You have options as far as enforcing his exit date. If he vandalizes your apartment or damages/steals your belongings file a police report immediately. Then take him to court. Do not get into any verbal altercations with him but do keep a record of all your exchanges.