Tenant's Excuse of the Day page 2
Don't you just love some of the excuses tenants have for not paying rent?
As upsetting as it can be, sometimes we have to stand back and get a perspective. Some of our experiences are even funny afterwards.
The LPA selects the most original excuses made by tenants to their landlords. If you have an interesting or funny story about your tenant's excuse for not paying rent, we'd love to hear it!
Excuse of the Day for 4/26/11:
"I am not going to pay you your rent yet because I have an appointment to go see another place and I may be moving out."
Me Ė "Itís after the first and you are here so you owe for April."
Tenant Ė "I didnít move in until the fifth" ... (The fifth of January the previous year.) - Brad P., Garner, NC
Excuse of the Day for 4/23/11:
"I just had my friend's bachelor party and put down deposit on a new place. Could I pay my share over the next 3 months? I never signed the lease anyway." hmmm, let's see. Tenant so loud you disturbed other neighbors, police were called, moves without notice and tries the 'I'm not really a tenant' game and wants me to trust him with my money? Ya, see you in court! - Barbara J., IL
Excuse of the Day for 4/20/11:
"I want to pay the rent, I really do, but I just can't find a job I like. I have an interview at Taco Bell tomorrow, wish me luck" A job you LIKE???? Take any job and get me my rent! - Desiree, CA
Excuse of the Day for 4/18/11:
"The furnace was going to blow up so I had to pay for a hotel!"
I had to call the fire department and they said the furnace was going to blow up, so she freaked out and had to get a hotel. Then they went camping for the weekend and we gave you a notice that we were going out of town it must have fallen out of the door. There was no cell service and we didn't get any of your messages. This was 4 days after the rent was due. I entered by giving notices as I had no idea what was going on on Sunday. If the furnace was going to blow, why would she not notify the landlord and why would you leave your cats?
This was the first and last time. Only 3 months into the tenancy. Stick a fork in me, I'm done with renting. - Blonde Moments
Excuse of the Day for 4/13/11:
"My grandfather built half the homes in this neighborhood!" Ooookay.... Now where's the rent? - Sharon H., NY
Excuse of the Day for 4/9/11:
"My husband had an emergency at work and had to use the rent on something very, very important." Her husband is a compulsive gambler who works in a department store. Time to evict these bozos. - Lynn T., MA
Excuse of the Day for 4/6/11:
"We are opening a new business. I kid you not. We will have it all next month." - Veronica D., Ohio
Excuse of the Day for 4/4/11:
Note by tenant being evicted: "Hi Gail, I didnít have any way to take all of my furniture. Could you please store it until I can get my dad to pick it up?" Georgia does not require that a landlord do this. Tenant had a good six weeks to plan for his move out. His furniture is now sitting on the curb, soon to be picked over by the neighborhood/FreeCycle vultures. - Gail, Georgia
Excuse of the Day for 4/2/11:
"My daughter's boyfriend stole the rent. That bastard is gonna be sorry!" I saw them at Outback that evening laughing and having a good ole time with the daughter's boyfriend. - Carol Rodriguez, NY
Excuse of the Day for 3/30/11:
"I got a VIRUS and it F'd up all my banking!" At first, I thought she was sick, but then I realized she meant "computer virus". - Lisa M., Seattle, WA
Excuse of the Day for 2/29/11:
"I can not pay the rent on time because the rent money was used for a paintball gun." - Richard Greenwood, Temecula, CA
Excuse of the Day for 3/24/11:
"I could not pay the rent on time because it was too cold outside.." - CG Texas
Excuse of the Day for 3/21/11:
"I'm being robbed, man... my old landlord froze my account." - Wilton O., IL
Excuse of the Day for 3/19/11:
"I gave the check to my boyfriend to mail and today, (the 7th of the month after many messages and texts over the last few days), I just found the check all crumpled up in his coveralls. He forgot to mail it." BTW, neither he nor her grandmother are even on the lease but both live there. - Dana Burchfield
Excuse of the Day for 3/17/11:
"Actually, the rent is not due, since I elect to exercise my right of first refusal." Don'tcha just love it when people are dumber than a piece of wood? Sometimes you just have to take a step back and laugh at the absurdity! Like, is this moron for real? - John, NY
Excuse of the Day for 3/16/11:
I always laugh at this and enjoy reading the excuses people come up with. Here is my latest excuse word for word.
"I just realized what day it was. I'm sorry I've had a brochial infection since the 4th when I went to town to do my banking.. anyway I somehow lost my bankcard didn't realize until the 7th by this time no money left so the bank is investigating it and should have some of the money back by today, Hopefully so will keep you in touch and send you what I can get back" - Jacqueline Jordan, Seattle, WA
Excuse of the Day for 3/14/11:
"I'm sorry- I can't talk. I had oral surgery." - Jack Klein, NY
Excuse of the Day for 3/12/11:
"I saw today on my account that you cashed my half of the rent. Can you please wait till Thursday (3-10-2011) to cash my boyfriend's half. He had to put first and last down on his new apartment and is a little strapped for cash." - Brian Lucier
Excuse of the Day for 3/10/11:
"Do you have any idea what a pair of new skis cost?" - Dave G., NY
Excuse of the Day for 3/8/11:
"I gave the check to my boyfriend to mail and today, (the 7th of the month after many messages and texts over the last few days), I just found the check all crumpled up in his coveralls. He forgot to mail it." - BTW, neither he nor her grandmother are even on the lease but both live there. - Dana Burchfield
Excuse of the Day for 3/5/11:
"I could not pay the rent on time because it was too cold outside." - CG, Texas
Excuse of the Day for 3/2/11:
"There is an extra week this month, so , I am only paying you for three weeks,....33% of $600.00 is $275.00" My Response: You pay on the First of the month,. so it doesn't matter if there are 100 weeks , or 2 weeks , as long as there are 12 months, we will be fine !,.... and, 33% ? ,.. $600.00 ? $275.00... I don't know what any of that means , and your rent is $800.00 ! - J. Louis
Excuse of the Day for 2/24/11:
Note by tenant being evicted:
"Hi Gail, I didnít have any way to take all of my furniture. Could you please store it until I can get my dad to pick it up?" Georgia does not require that a landlord do this. Tenant had a good six weeks to plan for his move out. His furniture is now sitting on the curb, soon to be picked over by the neighborhood/FreeCycle vultures. - Gail, Georgia
Excuse of the Day for 2/19/11:
"Hiiii. I know the rent was due alreadyyyy. ...? The bank gave my friend a forebearance agreement on her mortgage....? I was thinking... can I get a forebearance on my rent....? How does that work?" We can't do a forebearance agreement on rent. That is for mortgages. BUT GUESS WHAT!!! I've got a present for you in this envelope! - Sandy, CA
Excuse of the Day for 2/17/11:
"I'm getting REAL tired of paying this rent EVERY damn month! You'll have to wait a few more days." Sorry Sharon, but those days are going to cost you. You can't go around making up your own rules after you've signed an agreement. If you want to leave, I'll be glad to let you out of the lease! I'm getting real tired of trying to collect your rent every damn month. - Steve S., NY
Excuse of the Day for 2/16/11:
Me: Your $800 dollar rent is overdue again....
Tenant: WE PAID YOU $200....
Me: I know, but you owe late fees and pet deposit as well as late rent.....
Tenant: WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO, WE CANíT EVEN AFFORD TO PAY RENT.....
Me: move somewhere you can afford......
Tenant: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE?......
Me: hahahaha - C&L B.C. Canada
Excuse of the Day for 2/11/11:
"I didn't pay the rent because I knew it would take you 30 days at least to evict me and I thought I could have those 30 days of free rent in order to get all of my things out of there." Next, "Also, my husband is back in jail, I only work at McDonald's, how do you expect me to pay all these bills." Yet like everyone else they had a big Christmas. These people abandoned the property at the end of December, left the house with TWO clogged toilets, TWO clogged kitchen sinks, no fuel oil in the tank and the house 35 degrees, house filled with junk, trash, food. Even left coffee in the coffee maker, food on plates, fridge still filled with food. I put a space heater in the bathroom to protect the pipes (it was to be 18 degrees that night) until the fuel company could come and they stole the space heater the next night. And then the woman wondered why I changed the deadbolt lock and wouldn't let her in without my permission. When I paid Roto Rooter to unclog one of the toilets in December and gave them the bill, she said it's not her fault. First, it's been like that since the previous tenants left over a year and a half ago. (Yea right!) Then, her and her daughter didn't use those things, it wasn't them. Well, she's the one who's going to have all the judgements and civil suits against her. Sadly, these court ruling still don't help us landlords get our money. I'll never see a dime from these people. As crazy as it sounds, her husband is now out of jail and he's being more responsible than the wife has EVER been. You can't always judge by who has the criminal record. - Pamela G. Smithsburg, MD
Excuse of the Day for 2/9/11:
"We sent the rent to our attorney. He'll give it to you just as soon as you prove you are current with your mortgage." You can pay me now or in court with my attorney's fees added on. It's your choice. Some people are too smart for their own good. Idiots! - Larry H., Bellmore, NY
Excuse of the Day for 2/3/11:
"How could I pay the rent? You left us here buried under all this snow! How am I supposed to go to work when my landlord doesn't dig us out?" Yeah right! Read the lease. Next they'll be blaming me for not wiping their asses! - Ben Finney, CA
Excuse of the Day for 2/1/11:
"We're a little short right now.... But don't worry, we are getting a refund on my wife's tattoo. The artist F'd it up and we're getting back most of the bucks!" That's cool... your wife has an f'd up tattoo and you're getting a refund... WHEN?! I need the rent now! - Alfred P., CA
Excuse of the Day for 1/31/11:
"I can't get the rent to you, because my son got arrested for stealing a purse that he didn't steal and he had to pay restitution." WHAT! make the little bugger pay his own restitution don't enable the delinquent! - Anony Mous
Excuse of the Day for 1/29/11:
"Don't have rent because the police took it during the drug raid." - John Raleigh, NC
Excuse of the Day for 1/28/11:
"I ordered new checks last Friday and they havenít arrived yet. I know you might not think that is funny, but really, the checks are in the mail!" - Melissa B., San Diego, CA
Excuse of the Day for 1/27/11:
"We'll pay you when we can. We're having a big party for my daughter's sweet 16 with a lot of her friends and had to buy a lot of beer." Classy. Supplying alcohol to underage kids. I ought to send the cops. - Albert N, NJ
Excuse of the Day for 1/22/11:
"I didn't pay the rent because I'm saving to move..." - Jennifer Warburton, Ellenville, NY
Excuse of the Day for 1/16/11:
"WHAT? You did not get that money yet?"
Me: 'clearly not or I would not be calling you. You said you would bring it to me no later than 9am on the 19th'
Tenant: "well, I will have to check on that"
Me: check on what? YOU said YOU were going to bring it. Are you checking with your other personality? argh! - Kellie Jo, Kentucky
Excuse of the Day for 1/13/11:
"This place smells so much it is making me sick! You gotta do something." It smelled fine before you moved in.. I noticed it smells like an NFL locker room. How about washing the mountains of dirty laundry you have piled up in every room for the last few months??? - Jack K., NY
Excuse of the Day for 1/10/11:
"I haven't really decided if I want to stay here yet, so why should I invest myself further if I decide to move?" She has been there for 2 months and hasn't decided to live there yet? Attorney's office here I come. - Jacqueline C., CT
Excuse of the Day for 1/5/11:
"I can't pay the rent because I don't have a job." When it was suggested she get a job, she replied, "I'm too ugly to work!" ....and she was. - NR, AZ
Excuse of the Day for 1/4/11:
"Don't have the rent yet, but do you mind turning on the outside hose spigots? I want to wash my car in the driveway." You've got to be kidding me. It is 25 degrees. The exterior faucets are all turned off to prevent pipe freeze-ups. Plus he wants to spray water all over the place and cause dangerous slippery ice an the walkways. To top it all off, he wants to use someone else's driveway to do it in. What a jackass. - Kurt W., NJ
Excuse of the Day for 1/1/11:
"You follow me to church to collect the rent?" No. I already know you don't pay the rent until you've denied receiving at least 2 late notices. LOL! Happy New Year LPA!! - Joanie H., CA
Excuse of the Day for 12/31/10:
"Sylvia said you let her slide on the rent all the time! Why is it such a big deal with me now???" If I could afford to let the previous tenant (Sylvia) live for free, I wouldn't have evicted her! - Helen F., Levittown, NY
Excuse of the Day for 12/29/10:
"Well YOU certainly have no holiday spirit. I mailed it yesterday!" I hope you included the late fees. Your holiday spirit has incurred me late fees too. - Amanda G., NJ
Excuse of the Day for 12/24/10:
"Even though I don't have the rent, here's a plate of my mother's legendary Christmas cookies. Enjoy!" How nice. =p So... the eviction continues... Does she really think I will eat these cookies that are full of dog hair?? Merry Christmas LPA friends! - Jimmy, NY
Excuse of the Day for 12/20/10:
"I was on my way into town to pay you your rent and my bag fell out of the car with 800 dollars in it. I guess someone got an early Christmas present." I replied.....it sure as he#$ was not me! - C&L, British Columbia, Canada
Excuse of the Day for 12/16/10:
"Itís your fault the check bounced. Why didnít you tell me you were going to run to the bank the very same day!!" Since she had bounced checks before which was also my faultÖI thought I would try and cash it . - Penny Clissold- Houston, Tx
Excuse of the Day for 12/15/10:
Do you know anything about the condo's in the next neighborhood because the other day we looked at one and are thinking about putting money down to buy.
After the boyfriend cried on my shoulder that the girlfriend "just won't get a job", this is why they don't have the money for the rent. And, that this past Christmas, they didn't have money to buy Christmas presents for each other and their son. Then further into the conversation he reveals, " I found naked pictures she emailed to an ex-boyfriend, using the new web camera she bought." - H Bissett, Connecticut
Excuse of the Day for 12/12/10:
"Juuuust because you are aaaaasking for it .....AGAAAAIN- doesn't mean I'm gonna have it OK!?" I'm not even going to bother with a witty comment. My lawyer is serving eviction papers to this annoying thing. - Jack, NY
Excuse of the Day for 12/10/10:
"I left the house, am getting married and leaving the country, so I'm not paying the rent." What he really meant to say was he's on the run from the law because he used the house as a drug stash house, 2054 lbs of pot. With my help he's now in jail. - Ken F.
Excuse of the Day for 12/9/10:
"You're a sorry LL you had my power cut off & didn't tell me. You want your rent but you don't want to pay the power bill, you're just sorry sorry sorry." The biggest thing wrong with this is the power was still on in my name, they didn't transfer it over per the lease & how dare I expect them to pay their rent & power bill, what was I thinking?? - KM Tennessee
Excuse of the Day for 12/8/10:
"You know with Christmas and all, we just can't get you the rent on time." Ok, so your kids have play station 3, Wii, XBOX 360, NFL ticket (on a satellite dish installed on MY ROOF without consent!), and $150 sneakers, BUT....you'll all be without a place to live???!?!? Does this fall under Maslow's again? - Susan M, Forest Hill, Maryland
Excuse of the Day for 12/5/10:
"We have our new car payment to make and we were out of groceries so we spent our check on that, we will pay you when we can but it is really our( grown) son's fault he won't contribute to the household bills or buy groceries for his stepkids..." none of whom are on lease. - Natalie Sterling
Excuse of the Day for 11/28/10:
"I could not pay the rent because I had to pay my car and rental furniture first and was left without money" cyg,TX
Excuse of the Day for 11/22/10:
"The owner said we do not have to pay this month." They are working with him by letting him come into their home to do repairs and that is "disruptive to them". - Kellie, KY, Manager
Excuse of the Day for 11/21/10:
"The rent's going to be late, because I had to pay for my daughter's wedding." I think Maslow's Hierarchy of needs addresses for this type of thing....doesn't it??? - Susan M, Forest Hill, Maryland
Excuse of the Day for 11/19/10:
"I can't pay my rent, but why should you care? You own property, cars, boats, vacation houses, etc., and I own a tv and a dog. Have a heart." I felt bad for him, it's true, I am way overpaid, and I do very little, so I gave him a break and knocked a month off his rent. - Denis Albertson
Excuse of the Day for 11/12/10:
"I mailed my rent. I remember! It was 650.00 cash ALL in 20.00's. 32 of them! I even made my own envelope!" ~ ok right! We'll watch for that in the mail. - Kellie Jo, Kentucky
Excuse of the Day for 11/9/10:
"We will come in and pay the rent for this month on the 17th. Paying the rent last month really made finances tight for us and now we canít pay this month." UmÖk. I told her she can pay on any day she wants, but after today, there will be an eviction notice on their door. - Barbara, AL
Excuse of the Day for 11/3/10:
"You're too young, you wouldnít understand what it means to be in debt." Iím a 19 year old landlord with a mortgage so yeah I do know what it is like to be debt, they have since vacated the house - Ashley W, QLD Aust
Excuse of the Day for 10/29/10:
"I'll pay you on Wednesday - I have 46 thousand dollars in my account and I am worth 2 million dollars. How can I not afford to pay you $3870?! In fact I can pay you for two months in advance." On a Friday before the weekend, after 13 days of being late and his $500 utility payment bouncing. God only knows why he has to wait to pay it on Wednesday of next week! - Norco, CA
Excuse of the Day for 10/24/10:
"I fell in a water meter hole and as soon as the water company pays me a check for that- I will come right up there with it. I promise doll baby. OK? God Bless." ~ right! Have you dealt with our water company before? THEY SUCK- you think they are really gonna DO something FOR someone? - Kjo, Kentucky
Excuse of the Day for 10/23/10:
"I forgot to sign up for Welfare" - Catherine, CA
Excuse of the Day for 10/20/10:
"I am going to be late with the rent, my car burnt up, I had my rent (cash) in my cigarette pack, and I jumped out of the car when it caught on fire, and the cash burnt up in the car".
Through the years we have heard most of these excuses, but one of the best ones was from a girl named Dixie. She was usually a little late with her rent, but always called before hand, of course. Well, I just have to say, we were really in hysterics over this one, until it was on the 6:00 news. Her car really burnt up and she and her car were on the news. Bless her heart. What can you do? This is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, but it is also rewarding, if you can have enough sense to sort through all the "opportunities" that may arise. - Libby Carr, Licensed Real Estate Broker. AMG BROKER, INC. - Naples, Florida
Excuse of the Day for 10/18/10:
"I canít pay rent unless you revoke the clause in the lease agreement and let my brother move-in, who Iíve just designated as my occasional caretaker." Ali, CA.
Excuse of the Day for 10/13/10:
"I got my two checks (SS and disability) and someone took them. They left me $8.00. I am the victim of identity theft." (If you were going to steal another's identity, wouldn't they pick someone with some money)- Shaun, FL
Excuse of the Day for 10/11/10:
"Oh, I meant to pay you three days ago." After reminding on the 7th of the month that the rent is due on the first of the month. Yes indeed, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. - Malgoska, CO
Excuse of the Day for 10/8/10:
"Why do you need the rent? You own this place!" - Drew DeMasters, CA
Excuse of the Day for 10/3/10:
"You should feel lucky I could pay you half of the rent, because my husbandís paycheck is being garnished." I should feel lucky because the half of the rent is still missing?! - Malgoska, CO
Excuse of the Day for 9/29/10:
"We just got divorced and he got all the debt. So, talk to him." - Drew DeMasters, CA
Excuse of the Day for 9/18/10:
" I am out of town and can't get to a bank. My dog had a heart attack and I have to stay with him here while he has surgery. I will be gone for 8 to 10 days and will try to get you the rent when I get back." This rent was 3 weeks late. I thought that she was original if nothing else. - April Robinson
Excuse of the Day for 9/16/10:
"I can't pay that much rent anymore because I just bought a brand new car. I'll just pay what I can", You signed your rental lease, so if you don't pay the rent you'll be sleeping in your new car. Ken, Tucson, AZ
Excuse of the Day for 9/14/10:
"I can't pay you because I'm going to have a baby next week" Hmm...I've had two babies in the past and happen to think they shouldn't come into the world homeless. - Marie in N.Y.
Excuse of the Day for 9/12/10:
"We didn't mail the rent check because I had mentioned I would be visiting friends for the weekend." Thank you, I replied. Just add in the $50 late fee and all will be fine. They wanted to be courteous and not have a check sitting in my mailbox all weekend since it wouldn't be cashed anyway. - Beth Walsh, RFR Certified (Foreclosure and Short Sale Certified) Tarbell, Realtorsģ, Chino, CA
Excuse of the Day for 9/10/10:
"I had all the money last week, but two days ago I got arrested and I had to get myself out of jail. There is no sense in my staying in jail, isnít there now?" From my point of view, there was a perfect sense in his staying in jail. I did not put him there and I did not feel responsible for bailing him out with MY rent money. - Ken, Tucson, AZ
Excuse of the Day for 9/5/10:
"I know I promised to start paying on time, but it is not as easy as it sounds. It's like quitting smoking or biting my nails. It is hard to change my habits." OK, just keep paying those late fees. You're the one teetering on eviction every month. - Nikki M., NY
Excuse of the Day for 9/1/10:
"I was too busy baking cookies and didnít have a chance to get to the bank." - Steve G., Vermilion, OH
Excuse of the Day for 8/29/10:
"I am out of town and can't get to a bank. My dog had a heart attack and I have to stay with him here while he has surgery. I will be gone for 8 to 10 days and will try to get you the rent when I get back." This rent was 3 weeks late. I thought that she was original if nothing else. - April Robinson
Excuse of the Day for 8/25/10:
"I was busy making a wedding dress this month and I didn't have time to get paid and go to the bank... besides the wedding is next week and I will pay you when I finish the dress!" This primadonna sleeps all day and goes out all night and sews dresses in her spare time. The wedding's next week and she's not done with the dress yet?? I'm glad I didn't order my wedding dress from her! - Lillian B., Bellmore, NY
Excuse of the Day for 8/20/10:
"I can't pay you because I'm going to have a baby next week" Hmm...I've had two babies in the past and happen to think they shouldn't come into the world homeless. - Marie in N.Y.
Excuse of the Day for 8/18/10:
"I had bills to pay" What am I..chop liver?!!! - Mitch, Columbus, Ohio
Excuse of the Day for 8/13/10:
"My son was attacked by a dog and I have an emergency room bill to pay." Ummm, I found out later that the dog was hers and she wasn't allowed to have pets, and the kid only had a minor scratch on his hand. - Nancy F. Las Vegas, Nevada
Excuse of the Day for 8/11/10:
"Why should I have to pay the rent (2 weeks late) if you're thowing me out at the end of the month anyways ... Ok I'll be out tommorow afternoon!" This tenant's rent is 2 weeks late, several notices were given for disturbing the piece and she was given written notice to vacate by the end of the month, if she paid the rent for the month. She moved the next day and left the door wide open, so assuming she was gone and what was left, was trash, we placed it on the street and changed the locks! - Jenny Mills, Old Colorado City, Colorado
Excuse of the Day for 8/6/10:
"We are waiting for child support check to come whenever it gets here we'll pay you some." (for tenants 4 kids that neither her nor children were disclosed as residents only 4 adults and one teenager on lease at time of rental) UGGHHH along with vicious dogs and a lawsuit with neighbor tomorrow for dog bite and assault as result!!! DOGS NOT ON LEASE EITHER!!! I am going to be forced to evict... no rent money, troubled animals, extra occupants!!! What a nightmare. - Natalie, WV
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