Posted by Minty on April 10, 2001 at 14:16:18:
In Reply to: Re: not paying rent posted by Renee on April 10, 2001 at 13:13:34:
Well, that blows my theory of "I could always move to the Midwest if I had a nervous breakdown here..."
(My grandmother is a Michigan LL and could never hope to be so sadistic. )
But seriously, Brooklyn has a completely different set of LL-tenant dynamics (check the author's follow-up post), requiring more energy and patience on both sides (but more on the tenant's side, of course) than any other area of the country I've lived. I know there are the occasional bad egg tenants in rent-controlled apartments who withhold rent on the grounds that the renovation paint fumes weren't pleasing, but the majority of us tenants here in Brooklyn and NYC in general have special places in heaven for the heartache we've endured.
The author here is clearly in a no-win situation, and is looking for valid advice. Whether or not she is in the right by withholding, she deserves to be addressed by people who can contribute something insightful, and not slightly malicious. Punctuating your obsessive credit reporting, asset seizing, credit smearing (yes, we have now been enlightened by your power), etc, with not one but THREE exclamation marks is a great disservice to this poor fellow Brooklynite, and rude to boot (!!!).
: Sorry Gary you are wrong!!! Here in MI, you file in District Court. Been through this a hundred times. According to my agreement with credit reporting agencies, I report monthly status of tenants!!! Each late payment is reported as is every on time payment and what this guy is doing is considered a SKIP!! Same as MC or Visa or your Verizon bill. The filing is for eviction and money judgment simultaneously, security deposit is not to be used for last month rent!!! That is the term of our written agreement and we cannot access the security deposit until after the tenant has moved. Therefore - I have never not gotten a judgment for non-payment of rent. Filed already for April rent. Court date is on 4/20/01. They are fast here. They will be out by end of month with judgment on their report for the next 7 years, even after I seize the assets of whatever accounts I need to satisfy the money judgment. One tenant tried this last year and guess who got his income tax refund this year - yup ME!!! And he will have it on his report for years to come to remember how he tried to get away with breaking a contract.... and didn't!!!
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