When we left and moved here, we kept it as a rental. It was difficult to have someone else living in my house but it was just how it was and within a few years I kind of got over it. It was a huge priority to us that the house was well taken care of and maintained. We were lucky to have 2 good renters in those first few years.
We just kicked our 3rd set of renters out.
As landlords, we still have lessons to learn, mainly that people can't be trusted. Isn't that awful? It shouldn't be that way in life, but in the landlord world it almost has to be. We took him for his word, and that was our fault. I don't take responsibility for the damage he caused to our little married house but I do take responsibility for not knowing it was happening.
And I do not take responsibility for the fact that he is an enormous asshole and took advantage of us.
There are a lot of things that took place that I can't even emotionally go into but the underlying theme of it all was that we gave a man a second chance when he fell on hard times and we got completely screwed.
Drew's baby room in our little married house, us
Drew's baby room in our little married house, asshole renter
Our backyard in our little married house, us
(sporting my 20 week belly)
Our backyard in our little married house, asshole renter
This is the tip of the iceberg and we're devastated. An insurance adjuster is coming on Monday and we'll see what is considered "vandalism" and what's not, in other words, what will be covered by our insurance and what won't be. It's all such bullshit, I just can't believe it. And not just because we were so generous and kind to this man, but because there are people who really care that little about things and are willing to treat people this way. We're going to exhaust all of our resources to be compensated, don't you worry. But truthfully, for me, the damage has been done.
I'm sad. I'm sick about it. And I'm starting to get pissed. I'm waiting to see what action is going to be taken before I put his name on blast. Not that he has enough class to read my blog but, ya know.