Monday, July 07, 2008

The Door Was Unlocked, So I Moved In

It amazes me how many Tenants think that they can do whatever they want. Their immaturity and know-it-all attitude often shows when they say and do dumb things like this juicy tidbit that I heard today.

We signed a lease with three college students 2 weeks ago. As a typical clause in our lease, we state that we would not give keys and possession until all parties have signed the lease agreement and all monies have been paid. This is the first month's rent and security deposit. So at lease signing, we explain this term of the lease agreement to the 3 new Tenants.

The "kids", yes I use this term because again...their immaturity showed, comes into the office today to pick up keys. I tell them "sorry, no keys for you" since they were not planning on paying the rent. One of them proceeds to tell me that they were told by one of our staff people that he didn't have to pay rent since he already paid the security deposit. Huh!? I tell him no way-no how and then he starts running his mouth about how we didn't explain things right to him and that he has already moved in to the property. What?! I ask him how this happened, and he said "well... uh... the door was unlocked and I could only move in on Friday, so I went ahead and moved my stuff in." I was floored.

I can not believe the audacity of people that just do what they want to do when they want to do it. Am I the only one who feels that this is another ridiculous, selfish, stupid thing that people do to get what they want? Do they just feel entitled to whatever is around, whether they have paid for it or not?

I got Paul involved in this one and boy oh boy did he read this Tenant the riot act. He immediately sent our maintenance guy over to lock up and secure the house since these morons were now trespassing.

After realizing that we are not the run-of-the-mill slumlord, the Tenants eventually come up with the rent money to get the keys because they were worried about their "stuff" that was already moved into the house. Later when I ask Steve what kind of "stuff" was already moved into the house. He says "oh not much, just a marijuana clock, some incense and a condom sitting on a coffee table."

Hmmmm....do you think that we are gonna have problems with these Tenants?