I have been holding on to the idea that my old tenants were just uneducated, bad with money, and addicted to their bad habits. I truly wanted to believe that their actions were not malicious. I got a call today from my current tenant saying that a note was left on the door for the homeowner to call Mr. W. I recognised the name as my tenant's roommate's husband. I called the number and talked to Mrs. W. She wanted to know if I still had her belongings and if she could get them back. This is the roommate that the tenants accused of stealing $3,000 which they were going to use to move to a new house. She says that they demanded that she pay $2100 for the new house and when she couldn't, they locked her out. Anyway, since she didn't owe me any money and most of her belongings were clothes and pictures, sentimental things that I didn't want to just throw away, I ran home at lunch and gathered her things to return them to her for a small storage fee.
When we met up (in a public spot) she was disappointed that some things were missing. I think my tenants helped themselves to some of her sports collectibles. She was glad to get her pictures and other mementos though. Then she said that the tenants were always bashing me but I seemed nice when she talked to me on the phone. Really, I said. What did they say? She said that they thought it was terrible that I was kicking them out because I had a new tenant who would pay more money (even though they knew the house wasn't available Jan. and Feb. from the beginning and it was a month to month lease) and that they were laughing that they weren't paying rent anymore. So, they made up that whole story about being in a program that would help pay their rent. I feel very stupid for believing them. I am SO glad that I didn't let them stay. I had no idea that one neighbor was afraid of them and the other neighbor was annoyed at their loud fights and constant visitors. Or that they were smoking cigarettes, cigars and illegal substances in the house, letting their dogs pee on the carpet and taking in roommates.
Ok, I have that off my chest. I sent out the letter saying they have 10 days to claim their junk. When it comes back undeliverable (because they probably didn't move to the place they said they did) I will get rid of their stuff and the memories of them as well. Now, back to my happy thoughts :)