Lawyer Up, Buttercup.
I don’t even know what to say. I feel speechless. (You might know I don’t feel speechless very often…)
Jaw dropped, mouth flapping open, drooling out of the corner of my mouthspeechless.
My landlords at the cabin are honest to God insane.
I mean really, I don’t know what is wrong with them. I can’t even begin to guess what in the world they are thinking.
You all have followed along with this entire Cabin debacle, right? From the beautiful outdoors, to the lack of necessary repairs. I’ve posted about a lot of it here.
I’ve been flabbergasted at the landlords’ response to all of it. Their cavalier carelessness when it comes to the well being of my family, and how they were not upholding their part of the lease they wrote and signed.
But now it’s just gone too far. I have reached my breaking point.
This afternoon the door bell rang, waking the baby from his nap. It was the mailman. he had a certified letter for me. I had to sign in multiple places. I’ve never gotten certified mail before.
I felt a bit of dread because I knew it couldn’t be anything good. I was pretty sure I didn’t win a sweepstakes or anything awesome like that.
I closed the door and ripped open the envelope.
Sure enough it was a letter from a lawyer informing me that…get this: The landlords are suing us for damages to the cabin in excess of $3,000.
Yes, these dimwits are SUING ME for the busted pipes.
Seriously!? IS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING?
They are claiming that the pipes burst because the air filter was dirty.
1) I changed the air filters regularly. 2) Anyone in their right mind knows that air filters do not cause heat to plain ol’ not work. 3) I informed them in writing multiple times that the heat was making weird noises and not functioning properly and they needed to call someone.
Also, there is no ductwork in the bathroom where the toilet froze. None. Not a single vent. No insulation. Clearly the fault of that pesky (not) dirty air filter, right?
They also made a little list of lies for reasons they are suing us.
I mean these things are actually bold faced lies. I cannot believe it. This is the part where my mouth is just flapping open in the breeze.
Nonpayment of February 2014 rent We paid them $576 out of $700 in the form of repairs they gave written permission for, which was to fix busted pipes in January. We were not able to live in the cabin for the entire month of February, by the way. The cabin hasn’t had running water since January. We have a copy of the check we used to pay the repair man, and an itemized receipt for the repairs he made.
Nonpayment of electric utilities I have absolutely no clue what this is. We’ve never not paid the electric bill, which is obviously backed up by the electric company’s records.
Substantial damage to property including screens and burst pipes Ok the screen on the kitchen door is damaged at the bottom, but it’s just a roll of screen that cost less than $10 and is stapled to the wooden door. I put it up myself in five minutes. Nothing else was damaged. The pipes, well we’ve already covered that.
Property left uncleaned THERE IS NO RUNNING WATER OR PROPER HEAT. Yes, mud got tracked in during the moving process. Please explain to me how to mop the floors when there is no running water and all liquid you put on the floors freezes to ice. I would like to see them try it.
Abandonment of your personal chattel, including a piano 1) We just explained to them that the moving truck has gotten stuck in the snow/ice/mud for the past few weekends in a row and we have piano movers coming yet again this week. It’s not exactly easy to move out of a dead end gravel road in the dead of a snowy winter. (And upon receipt of this certified letter the piano was already moved, that was successful a few days ago.)
2) How are things considered abandoned when we saw the landlords just four days prior and told them we were doing our best to move everything in the winter weather and we would be done this week? And since when can you sue someone for abandoning personal property…which is basically only a piano and some boxes in the shed?
Violation of the agreed to prohibition of animals anywhere on the premises without consent Say what? WHAT? Luckily I have in writing where I asked her if our cats, dogs, ducks, and chickens were ok. They visited the cabin while we were living there and petted our animals, told us they loved that we were using the land. I have a written conversation where we discussed types of fencing and she wanted to know if we were going to get any kind of livestock. So I’m really unsure what they claim I violated here…
Failure to furnish written notice to Lessor within 60 days of vacating the property We notified them by phone that we could no longer live at the cabin due to their neglect unless they were going to make immediate repairs. That was on 1/26/2014. Unless I’ve stepped into some kind of time warp I’m pretty sure that was not more than 60 days ago. You can bet I will be sending them a certified letter with notice of vacancy now! I’m just laughing at this one. Have they ever looked at a calendar? Can they count? What the heck?!
Failure to notify Lessor of your abandonment of the property I’m pretty sure desperate attempts to pack and move out during rough winter weather with no heat and running water and three small children really counts as abandonment according to a legal definition… We kept them informed of what was going on the entire time too, there was no mystery here.
Property damage resultant from failure to change furnace filters I am hardcore wishing I had saved receipts for furnace filters right now. Also, what the eff…does the whole premise sound absolutely silly to anyone else? Does property damage actually occur somewhere in reality from failure to change a furnace filter?
Failure to inform Lessor of your absence from the property for more than 14 daysWhat? When? We informed them of all the issues in writing (FB messages with time/date/read on them) and on the phone via voicemails, since they never answered.
Failure to leave the premises and all items within in as good condition as received by you Oh Lord. The paint on the walls isn’t even marked up.
Failure to allow Lessor their right to inspect the property or allow workmen their right thereof No clue. No clue at all what they are talking about. We begged them multiple times to make repairs. The kitchen door doesn’t even lock, it doesn’t latch due to the crooked doorframe and they refused to fix it. It’s not like they couldn’t get in at any point in time ever during our stay at this cabin.
They have straight up lied about all of these things. If it wasn’t so stressful it would be pretty funny.
I can’t believe a minister went to a lawyer and just…lied. My favorite part is that the lawyer’s letterhead has one of those Jesus fish on it, and below that it says the lawyer’s slogan: Serving Jesus through serving you.
I don’t think any of these people worship the same God that I do. This is why people hate Christians.
I have pictures of every little thing. The rotten floors, the thermostat reading 42 degrees when it’s set at 73, the frozen toilet, frozen water in the floor, the ductwork not up to code, all of it. Tyler also made a video of the frozen bathroom. (It’s still not repaired, by the way.)
Almost every communication I had with the landlady was via Facebook Messenger, so it’s all date and time stamped with names attached. I’m going to have to print it all out and highlight the relevant bits. I’m going to get all of the pictures printed also.
So here’s another one of my favorite parts: At the end of this Certified Letter of Lies they said in legalese that we have lost our right to do the walk through in person with them, and if we just forfeit the deposit and all paid February rent then they won’t sue us.
Basically saying, We are going to screw you over one last time!
I think they were hoping this letter would scare us away and we would just let them keep $1200 that rightfully belongs to us.
Well they have messed with the wrong angry redheaded mama this time.
I lost all of my chickens and ducks. I spent hours comforting sad children. We froze to death. Dealt with huge rats, lack of plumbing, and begged them to fix major issues without any response. Now they want to keep the rest of our money?
Tomorrow I will find a lawyer. A really good lawyer. One who doesn’t send certified letters that look like a 12 year old’s Microsoft word created book report tag linedServing Jesus through serving you.
Then without any mercy I will sue them for whatever the lawyer thinks we can–moving costs, suffering, January and February rent when the heat didn’t work, our deposit, and legal fees.
I hate all of this drama. I just want to move on with my life. I never in a million years thought I would be sued by someone.
I cannot let these people get away with $1200 on top of everything else. They make me sick.