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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!
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Excuse of the Day for 6/20/08:

Well you know I am doing the best I can with what I have to work with, and you know things are expensive now.
(Sounds annoyed at me for asking for rest of the rent for this month and it is the 21st already! ) What does she think my things cost if hers are expensive!! ~ Natalie Sterling, Charles Town,WV.

Excuse of the Day for 6/18/08:

"Well we was going to have all the rent money but the cops pulled him over an the money's on him, so ... week later oh it was all I had to make bond with."- Shirley, Missouri

Excuse of the Day for 6/17/08:

"I have plenty of money in my checking account, I called the bank and they made a mistake!!" Check for 2 months rent was returned NSF. The notice to Pay or Quit with returned check fee and late fee got his attention. As it turned out, he was right - the only time I've ever had this happen. The branch manager called me directly, admitted they made the mistake and paid the fees for not honoring his rent check. -Don W, Maryland

Excuse of the Day for 6/10/08:

"The electric company turned off our power and we got NO A/C!. I have to pay the past due balance to get our pwer back." I know which way this is headed. My LPA notice to pay or quit is ready and the attorney is standing by. - Chris K., New Jersey

Excuse of the Day for 6/9/08:

"I bet you had plenty of presents under your tree!!" My tenant said this when she had not paid the December rent. I told her that she was now going to have an eviction notice to put under her tree. We work for the same company and I know that she had received a $2500.00 Christmas bonus. - Peter, Hopedale, MA

Excuse of the Day for 6/5/08:

",,,,,my rent is going to be a little late,,my job shorted me on my vacation time that i used for being out with the kidney stones....." Jackie, Washington

Excuse of the Day for 5/31/08:

"I thought if I kept quiet, you might forget about this months rent payment." - Yeah, I see.... the eviction notice got your attention, huh? - Faith, Levittown, NY

Excuse of the Day for 5/30/08:

Not all stories are horrible, I had one tenant in a home for about four years. Last Januarys payment had not arrived, so after a week or so I called him to inquire. I got the typical, "I don't know what happened, I mailed it in plenty of time... yadda, yadda, yadda." He sent another check I received a couple days later, maybe 2 weeks after the due date. I waived any late fees when right before I sent the notice for late fees I received another envelope postmarked the 28th of December. The outside was adorned with Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas, and inside was the original check. - Charles G Wesley, AR

Excuse of the Day for 5/24/08:

"I had to go on a company golf outing to schmooze my bosses, which of course meant that I needed a decent new set of golf clubs. Don't worry,next month I'll pay you three months in advance." Now, who is being schmoozed? I think I'm the schmoozie and he's the schmoozer! My attorney now has the file. - S. Trautman, OR

Excuse of the Day for 5/15/08:

" builders changed their pay out schedule." I don't care if your builders changed the payout schedule. The schedule you are on with me is such that you owe me the rent on the first of every month. - Cindy

Excuse of the Day for 5/14/08:

"The rent was unavoidably delayed. Our hamster 'Honey' had an inverted uterus. It was terrible. So we had to pay the vet. We just couldn't disappoint the kids. You understand." No, I do not understand. Your vet bill for Honey's uterus just got bigger. Now you have a $100. late fee added to your rent. Next time you bring a hamster to the vet, keep in mind that the vet can take payments - your landlord will not. - George B., Elmira, NY

Excuse of the Day for 5/10/08:

"I was in jail." Also used the by the same tenant the following week: "I got a new job, and I don't get paid for 2 more weeks." - NB Indianapolis, IN

Excuse of the Day for 5/6/08:

"I was going to give you rent but you gave me attitude when I didnít give you rent for last month." I started the eviction process. - ED, Lehighton, Pa

Excuse of the Day for 5/1/08:

"We have a leak. I want it fixed and then you can come back for your rent." The leak in question is from the window. When it rains hard, she needs to close the window completely. She was able to show me 1/4 of an inch water she collected in a dixie cup. I enforced the late charge and also used the opportunity in the apartment to make an inspection. I gave her a list of things to correct if she wants her full deposit back. Cathy J., NY

Excuse of the Day for 4/17/08:

"I did not use all that current and water and I don't wash I go laundry. What happen to the $700.00 dollar I give you?" Mister, you pay $350. for security and $350 rent in advance. Mister, your rent is due you must pay in advance before your month begin...."but I suppose to live out a month for free." - Melvina

Excuse of the Day for 4/9/08:

"I am sorry do what you have to. I will not pay anymore rent....I must save up for a new place when you evict me....." Oh yeah, well good luck getting your new place in three days when your stuff is sitting in the parking lot!!!! - Bobbie, PA

Excuse of the Day for 4/7/08:

"I didn't pay the rent because there is some kind of monster in the attic scaring me all night." During the month we responded immediately to a complaint and evicted a squirel and closed up the access point. Now she is suffering flashbacks and late fees. - Steve, NY

Excuse of the Day for 4/5/08:

"My new $1,000 dryer broke, and asking a single mom to pay late fees is predatory." - Mummhummm. and.... I could do this excuse of the day thing everyday of the weekÖ- Shannon, Dallas, TX

Excuse of the Day for 4/4/08:

"My cat just died and I need the money for the burial service" - Umm, lease states NO pets allowed. - Paolo, Merchantville, NJ

Excuse of the Day for 3/25/08:

I returned a call to my tenant who has not paid rent in three months because he said he had some great news for me. When I asked him if the great news was that he could pay the past due rents, he said, "Oh no, not that, I just wanted to let you know that in a couple more weeks he was applying for unemployment, and that his wife was pregnant, again." He has no idea at this time when he can pay, or how much. However, I know the eviction court date is in 2 weeks. - Brian, Gardner, Massachusetts

Excuse of the Day for 3/18/08:

"The wedding dresses are almost done! As soon As I finish, they are supposed to pay me." - My tenant is a tempermental seamstress who depends on her dressmaking to pay the rent. I see this tenancy winding down. Kim, Irvine, CA

Excuse of the Day for 3/13/08:

"Could you please file a Landlord/Tenant Complaint so I can get financial assistance to pay you the rent?" - I did, and they got the financial aid but didnít give it to me! Her request ended with her eviction -of course! Melissa, PA

Excuse of the Day for 3/12/08:

"You know my sister, who I brought up from Mississippi to try to get her life back together? Well, she ran back to Mississippi and took all of my rent money with her. Iím going down there to get my money back this weekend!" Believe it or not he had it on the following Monday and has been paying like clockwork ever since. Go figure! - Melissa, PA

Excuse of the Day for 3/10/08:

"Oh, your rent? Well I have the check right here. It has been sitting on my table for days!" - Well now, when do you think the check is going to get up and walk around the block to my house? Melissa, PA

Excuse of the Day for 3/8/08:

Wow. Just returned from a mediation trying to give the tenants a last chance to redeem themselves.
Judge: Do you wish to pay the $12,000.00 rent due and renegotiate your lease?
Tenant: "Why should we do that if he is going to evict us anyways?". - Samuel Keller

Excuse of the Day for 3/7/08:

"I broke up with my boyfriend and Iím too stressed to go to work". Me too, although that doesnít stop the postman from delivering those darn bills periodically. - Gail, Georgia

Excuse of the Day for 3/5/08:

I am waiting for my income tax check so I can catch up with my February rent. After 2 late notices more than 3 weeks Iate I was told. - Lou C., NY

Excuse of the Day for 3/1/08:

"I almost had a nervous breakdown and got fired from my job." These people now owe me $1,340.00 in back rent and SURPRISE: I got an overdue water bill today that I'll end up paying so that the water doesn't get turned off. Nervous breakdown? I've got 3 kids, a full-time job, another mortgage payment to keep up with now AND tenants who are older than me and make more money than me Ė but somehow I can keep it all together, pull myself up by the bootstraps and carry onÖ this is why I'm getting out of the business Ė I'm not going to subsidize someoneís lifestyle and give them a nice house to live in rent-free! I gave them notice last week that they had 7 days to pay the rent in full or get out Ė they actually had the nerve to ask if they could have all of the appliances I provided with the house (microwave, refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer). I said "NO!" and I'll be visiting daily to make sure none of these things disappear Ė or they'll be in jail on theft charges. Word is, they are crying around town acting like I'm an evil "slumlord." An evil slumlord wouldnít have reduced their rent and allowed them to make weekly instead of monthly payments when they fell on hard times! They also lived in a very nice 4 bed, 2 full bath home with a 2 car garage that was spotless, clean and completely updated Ė ceramic tile, whirlpool bath, Energy Star tilt-in windows, fresh paint, berber carpet, built in microwave, brand new refrigerator, Kraftmaid cabinetry, new concrete slab drivewayÖ. I could go on. Godspeed to all the Landlordís out there!- Amy Sparks, Troy, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 2/28/08:

"I'm so sorry! I was in Cancun all week and just got back into town last night." Says our renter this morning who is now 9 days late.... - Lisa, NC

Excuse of the Day for 2/25/08:

"What itís not in your mail slot? I put it there myself three days ago!" - Our mail slot goes straight into our coat closet. It is impossible for anyone to steal our mail. She had us going through our garbage and dismantling our mail slot to see if it slid through a crack in the metal chute. It took us a full month to realize we were being played! - Melissa, PA

Excuse of the Day for 2/22/08:

"Our iguana got stuck in the bathtub drain and we have to spend monies to dig up ground to save him." - Safiyyah, Miami, Florida

Excuse of the Day for 2/20/08:

"You want the rent? I didn't even make my boat payment yet." - Now we know his priorites. I told him he may have to live on his boat. - Leonard, SC

Excuse of the Day for 2/14/08:

"My boyfriend just became my fiancee! He proposed to me last week!" - After saying congratulations, I asked again for the rent. She told me she won't be paying me anymore rent. She and her "sweety" have to save for a larger place. I told her I'll see her in court. - Lisa D., GA

Excuse of the Day for 2/09/08:

"The fridge is not getting cold enough. I had to go out and buy new food twice. When are you going to replace it?" I had to remind Carol that she brought her own refigerator with her and got me to lower the rent because she was not going to use my new refrgerator which she had me remove. I asked her if she'd be willing to pay the original rent that includes the new fridge and she said, "Absolutely not!" and that it is illegal for me not to give her the refrigerator I already had there... My lawyer has already begun the eviction process. - Tonia B., San Francisco, CA

Excuse of the Day for 2/06/08:

"I know itís the 28th of the month, but Iím waiting for my husband to give me his half for the rent." I asked the wife to at least pay what she can on time, and she said "Oh no, I wouldnít do thatÖ.making partial payments is bad business." - Sandra, Palm Beach, FL

Excuse of the Day for 1/31/08:

"Iím afraid if I catch up my rent youíll evict me." They havenít paid any rent in 3 months and are now $3000 behind.. Janet T, Tontitown, AR

Excuse of the Day for 1/28/08:

"In these living situations, it is not always about the rent, you know". The response I got when I asked if he would have the rent on Sunday (he asked for a two day extension. - Mark and Marlene Smith, New Hampshire

Excuse of the Day for 1/25/08:

"I can't talk to you about this now because I am having a panic attack." You are three weeks behind on your payment in an attempt to get current on the $2000 + you are behind in rent. Wonder if the mortgage company would give me an extension because I am having a panic attack about paying my bills???? - Mark and Marlene Smith, New Hampshire

Excuse of the Day for 1/22/08:

"I'm probably moving at the end of the month anyway and you still have my security." I said Probably? Where's your 60 days written notice as agreed in the lease? I'm sorry, but if you don't pay the rent, an attorney fee will be added to what you owe. - Kelly, CO

Excuse of the Day for 1/12/08:

"You never got back to me. I asked if I can pay you 3 months rent + $50. extra for EACH MONTH in 3 months." If he asked such a ridiculous question, I'm sure I'd have remembered it. Anyway, this what he told me and the judge in court. Ha ha. - Joanne, NY

Excuse of the Day for 1/5/08:

"I havenít paid the rent because of a payroll problem at work. I havenít been paid yet." Right. Iíve been hearing this since November when I first bought this property and these mysterious payroll issues havenít been resolved yet. I canít wait to be rid of these deadbeats. - Marla, MS

Excuse of the Day for 1/4/08:

"I can't pay the rent because I haven't gotten my child support money. My ex owns his own business and he tells his accountant 'Just don't pay her'." Really, I didn't know paying child support was optional. If I'd had her exes' accountant, I could have saved a bundle. - Dan Strubel, Navarre, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 1/2/08:

"My husband was in the hospital so I donít have your rent." This didnít stop them from getting another car., not to mention that she works 2 jobs and the husband stays home anyhow. - Julie, Michigan

Excuse of the Day for 12/31/07:

"I'm NOT going to be bothered by you for the rent everyday!" This was after the rent was three months late. As soon as I bought the property she stopped paying the rent. I finally got a court ordered eviction. Lesson to learned! - Lew, Lewiston Maine

Excuse of the Day for 12/26/07:

"I just got laid off at work and unemployment takes time to send my first check." Found many gifts under the tree when I went to get rent and couldn't. Guess Walmart and Sears don't have to wait for unemployment to come through. - Debbie, Rockford, IL

Excuse of the Day for 12/23/07:

"I'm Renting from someone else, Who are you looking for?" After a little explination, he found out he was paying 300$ more then what I was charging his "friend". Rob Kapolei, HI

Excuse of the Day for 12/20/07:

"We just canít make ends meet and welfare wonít help us, I am waiting on the county to help". Then a credit company calls me to verify their info for new stuff. Maybe the county will help me pay my mortgage too since I canít collect from them. - Julie, Michigan

Excuse of the Day for 12/18/07:

"Hey, we arenít dead beats. Just because we paid rent 2 weeks late, we wonít ever be late again." Too bad that was also the last time they bothered to pay rent at all. So now the non-deadbeats are being evicted. - Julie, Michigan

Excuse of the Day for 12/17/07:

"I got a $500.00 dollar ticket for no tags or insurance, but I'll pay you as soon as my disability is approved. I wrote my Congressman so it'll be soon." They reached the end of their lease and I gave a non-renewal of lease. They are happily gone. - Charles G.,Elkins, AR

Excuse of the Day for 12/12/07:

"I'm sorry, I'm a very busy woman. I don't have time to have you asking me for the rent." I'm also a very busy woman and I should NOT have to waste MY time asking YOU for the rent. Please pay the rent with the agreed late fee. - Jeanne M., Naples, FL

Excuse of the Day for 12/8/07:

"There's a crack in the ceiling." There's gonna be a crack in his head! This S.O.B. bounced his first rent check on me. Now he's gonna be evicted. - Dottie, Portland, ME

Excuse of the Day for 12/1/07:

"Don't worry. I'll have the rest of last months rent next Friday and this months rent IN FULL on the 20th (3 weeks)." - Andy, Levittown, NY

Excuse of the Day for 11/20/07:

"Yeah, Iím moving out the first of next month." Well thatís great, but you still owe me rent for this month. - Drew, NY

Excuse of the Day for 11/18/07:

"My mother was evicted and I had to help her track down the landlord at his house. I don't know when I'll have MY rent." It seems that Mom isn't the only one being evicted! - Josh, Las Vegas, NV

Excuse of the Day for 11/11/07:

"Simply - I can't pay the rent - My check will bounce and the bank will charge me a fee!!!!" DUH! - Spivey, Winter Haven, FL

Excuse of the Day for 11/7/07:

"I don't have any money because I've been taking care of my sick mother instead of working". Says this as he's holding a case of beer in each hand. - Amy, Maine

Excuse of the Day for 11/4/07:

"I just started a new job and it will take couple weeks to get my check."
- Nell from Arverne, N.Y.

Excuse of the Day for 11/02/07:

"My husband is in jail for two months. I will pay my share." - Nell from Arverne, N.Y.

Excuse of the Day for 10/25/07:

"Ahhh, could you wait until next week, we burned a hole in the living room ceiling and we don't want you to see it." - Yikes! I immediately went to the house. They installed a shelf about 1 foot from the ceiling and placed a candle on it. - Chris K, Parkman, OH

Excuse of the Day for 10/20/07:

"Well, I need a ballpark figure. I didn't know how much the rent was or how much I owed when I moved in." I was told this excuse three weeks after many other excuses for why this guy and his wife couldn't pay the rent. --Al, Petal, Mississippi

Excuse of the Day for 10/16/07:

"We can't pay you rent because we had to close our bank account. We just found out that the bank was stealing our money. $8,000 is missing and we just figured this out. We will pay you when we get our money back from the bank." I received this phone message the day after he received his paycheck and was supposed to send rent. How stupid do they think I am??? - Dawn, Colorado

Excuse of the Day for 10/11/07:

"Our Mailman was in an accident and the mail was all over the road, so we didn't get our welfare check." Well, I called the Post Office and they have no record of any accident. -Brian, PA

Excuse of the Day for 10/10/07:

"I've been working so hard I haven't had time to stop at the bank or go to the post office for a money order"
This woman hasen't paid us rent since we purchased the building in April 07. She also was already six months behind with her previous landlord. She also has a post office box. - Bryan and Joan, VT

Excuse of the Day for 10/8/07:

"Hereís your check, but I donít have the money in the bank, so donít cash it. My dad is going to send me $200 on Monday." The check included $75 that they still owed from last month. - Marie W., Washington

Excuse of the Day for 10/1/07:

"I'm sorry I can't make out a check to pay you---I broke my leg". Years ago, when I was a landlord, a tenant who was overdue on the rent payment, had this to say when I called to inquire about the delay. - John B.,Fenton, Michigan

Excuse of the Day for 9/25/07:

"I just bought a new car. After insurance, taxes and what not, it costed much more than I thought it would. This could set me back for a while. I hope you'll be understanding about it." Said the note in the rent envelope. I responded that I fully understand as I'm sure they understand the late fee clause in their lease along with the pay or quit 3 day notice enclosed in my certified mail. - Matthew O., Colorado Springs, CO

Excuse of the Day for 9/18/07:

"I've got a girl in here, can you come back later?" - Mark C., Troy, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 9/11/07:

"My Mercedes needed maintenance and one thing led to another..." I wanted to say: OK, live in your Mercedes. But I did say late payments now are going on your credit report. Thanks LPA.- Christine F., CA

Excuse of the Day for 9/10/07:

"I just bought my daughter a bike, so I can't pay rent yet. You wouldn't turn your kids down for a new bike, would you?" Why do some tenants think paying one's rent so there is a roof over their child's head instead of buying new toys is "heartless"? - Mark C., Troy, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 9/7/07:

Hereís another from the same guy. I come to the door, knock, and the son of the guy answers. "Whereís your dad?" I ask.
The son says, "He's at a golf tournament." Moments later, he walks down the steps. - Mark C., Troy, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 9/6/07:

"We can't pay until the 14th because I have to buy medication for diabetes and that is more than what we can afford, my daughter and son in law didn't move out because they couldn't move into my son in-laws parent's home they didn't want them there. Then we had to buy food for five adults and then the baby. And thank you for always working with us." - Turner, Bakersfield, CA

Excuse of the Day for 9/5/07:

"My Dad is in Hawaii, so I canít borrow money from him." - Mark C., Troy, Ohio.

Excuse of the Day for 8/30/07:

"Why are you always in such a hurry for the rent? Are you having money problems?" I pay my mortgage on time because I don't want to damage my credit or pay late fees. Why don't you pay your bills on time? - Jonathan S., Chicago, IL

Excuse of the Day for 8/24/07:

"My son is a landlord. I know how long I have to pay the rent." I know how long you have too. Here's your Pay or Quit notice. - Sean H., Babylon, NY

Excuse of the Day for 8/14/07:

"Didnít we pay for both first and last month rent when we signed the lease?" Tenant just signed a lease renewal for another year. Did not pay August rent and told me - Todd, CA

Excuse of the Day for 8/10/07:

Well, we can't pay our rent right now because my wife went to Toy's R US to buy a new crib. - Cristin, New Mexico

Excuse of the Day for 8/6/07:

"My husband sells cars and he didn't sell many this month." - Sandy, NJ

Excuse of the Day for 7/31/07:

"My daughter was married this month and that set us back big time. You know how it is." Yes, I do know how it is. Without the rent paid, I can be subject to a late fee from my bank and you will have to pay the late fees in your lease. My late limit before eviction attorney status is 10 days. - Steve S, Ronkonkoma, NY

Excuse of the Day for 7/24/07:

"Yo. Iím just gonna have to get you the rent between the 15th and the 20th. Then weíll be back to normal. Thanks. And this is a one time late payment flashback." Canít pay rent, but can go to L.A.? Eviction notice will be waiting for you. - Kevin B. Pittsburgh, PA

Excuse of the Day for 7/23/07:

This month I got mugged, got into a car wreck, and missed work for a few days with poison oak. Iím going to L.A. next week and can be back working and sending you [the rent] on the 15th. You cool with that?" This tenant has been on time with rent one time in the past year (last month!) - Kevin B. Pittsburgh, PA

Excuse of the Day for 7/20/07:

"The dog broke its foot and we had to pay the vet." You mean the dog that you ARE NOT allowed to have according to your lease?? - Meg in PA

Excuse of the Day for 7/19/07:

"So many things are piling up on me all at once! The electric bill, the phone bill ..." Oh, you mean like all the things you should EXPECT to pay every month and should budget for? - Fraser, Asheville, NC

Excuse of the Day for 7/16/07:

"My car is broken. My wife she take my car to work. I can not work with no car." - Um, your car is "broken"? It looks to me like the lease is "broken". And your wife is using it to go to work? I guess it's not too broken. Besides you always shared the car, so what is the real reason you don't have the rent? - Jeff S., Fort Wayne, IN

Excuse of the Day for 7/11/07:

"I can give you $300 next Friday. I don't know when we will have the other $1,200. It seems like you are just in this for the money! Aren't you?" No I enjoy going broke. (his rent is $425 Per Month ) Here's your 3-day. - Dave , Florida

Excuse of the Day for 7/10/07:

"Fourth of July, messed up my company's payroll....It's coming........" - Ian, Middletown, Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 7/04/07:

"We'll pay you after the 4th of July. We're having a big party and had to buy a lot of beer."
Late Fee Due! - Bert, Naples, FL

Excuse of the Day for 6/30/07:

"I can't pay my rent because I have to take my mom to the rodeo" - Jacquie, MT

Excuse of the Day for 6/23/07:

"It was good when I wrote it, you waited too long to cash it so I must have spent the money."
He wrote a check on 06/04, I went to the bank to cash the check on 06/21 and was told "There is not quite enough funds for this check." - Debbie, Fairbanks, AK

Excuse of the Day for 6/21/07:

"My sister has lupus, and I am so upset about it I can't even function. Maybe I can get the rent out of my father's equity account. I have power of attorney."
I sure hope you get yourself functioning again. You're gonna function yourself right out of my house! -Sharona, J., NJ

Excuse of the Day for 6/14/07:

"We were withholding the rent from the previous owner (I'd just bought the place) because the stove and refrigerator don't work." I went shopping that day and replaced the stove and fridge for them right away. Then, they tell me, "Oh, we can't pay for another two weeks because we paid other bills with the money." Hmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with the new Nintendo Wii I saw in their apartment.... - Trisha A., Tulsa, OK

Excuse of the Day for 6/11/07:

"The roof began leaking and I had a roofer come and make repairs. I didn't get the bill yet, so I don't know about the rent yet."
This was the note in the envelope instead of the rent. - Gene C., Fort Wayne, IN

Excuse of the Day for 6/8/07:

"My boyfriend and I bought a car for my daughter for $300.00. On the way home we were pulled over and the car was stolen. I've been in jail all night and my boyfriend still is. I used the rent money to pay for bail." - Mark J.

Excuse of the Day for 6/4/07:

"My mom's not here! Come back tomorrow!"
Dude! I know this is an excuse because I get the same thing each month about 5 times. - Jeff S, CA

Excuse of the Day for 5/30/07:

"I can't meet you to pay rent because I have no way to get there because I lost my job because my wife jumped out of my tow truck doing 30MPH two weeks ago and I lost my job... We are on our way to shock trauma right now !" No explanation needed. - Doug D., MD

Excuse of the Day for 5/28/07:

"You didn't supply a lawnmower. You didn't supply a BBQ. You didn't even give us garbage pails, and now you want the rent?"
Those items are not included. Look in your lease. - Alex J., VT

Excuse of the Day for 5/20/07:

"My last landlord reimbused me for the mulch and all my plantings. If you don't reimbuse me for these improvements, I will hold back the rent."
Sorry. My LPA Lease requires the tenant to maintain and care for the grounds. I didn't agree anywhere to buy mulch or any other gardening products. I resolved the matter with a handy Notice to Pay Rent or Quit form. - Marsala Anderson, NY

Excuse of the Day for 5/11/07:

"Well the "lease" is valid and I have 30 days to leave."
Unfortunately for the tenant, his "lease" was in default since May 2006, the judge read him the default paragraph...and told him that his 30 days to leave was back in March, judgment for the PLAINTIFF, be out in 10 days.!! - Amy Kalkaska, MI

Excuse of the Day for 5/10/07:

"I will have to check with the people who live here with us and have a meeting tonight (who are not on the lease of course) to see how much money they have towards rent, we'll get back to you after I find out." (10 days late already!) - Natalie Sterling, Charles Town, WV

Excuse of the Day for 5/08/07:

We were in court for a money judgment, tenant says:
"I don't know why I'm here, he's just trying to get money for when I lived there." It's not really an excuse but it was a good one. The judge actually gave me a little more than twice what I was asking for. Pennies from heaven or what? Now I just have to collect. - Kerry from Michigan. LPA member.

Excuse of the Day for 5/06/07:

"I lost my phone at her mother's house." - Waters, LA

Excuse of the Day for 5/04/07:

"My bank told me to come back tomorrow. I got some out of the ATM but I will have to go back to the bank to get the rest." Ė I politely informed him he could increase his ATM withdraw limit by calling the 800 number on the back of his card. If he had the money in his account the bank would let him withdraw it when he was at the teller. Thank god for late fees. - Chris E, Roseville, California

Excuse of the Day for 4/28/07:

"Last night, I fell off the roof [mine!] and broke my collarbone, so I cannot get any money to you [once again]." - Waters, LA

Excuse of the Day for 4/21/07:

"The rent is only $700. You own lots of houses and collect tons of rent. Why is my $700. such a big deal to you?" If you think your rent is so low, why can't you pay it? She ignores my late notices and now I have served a Termination Notice. - Steve S., Bellmore, NY

Excuse of the Day for 4/14/07:

"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! - P.S. Norco, CA

Excuse of the Day for 4/5/07:

"My tax return is in the process of being processed, and I should get it by Monday, so I can mail it by the end of the week." Unfortunately for him, his wife used that excuse last month stating that she was to have gotten the tax return 4 days prior to her making this phone call to me...This phone call was made on a Thursday morning, tax return on Monday the following week and cant get it in the mail until Friday?? - Amy W., Ohio

Excuse of the Day for 3/31/07:

"My girlfriend's kids are getting taken away, so they're not giving her a welfare check anymore. I need her welfare check to pay my rent." Here's the kicker--his girlfriend doesn't even live there! I sure hope he's out in the alotted three days, because I'm sure it won't look good for her in child court if he was evicted because she couldn't fork over her welfare check any more. - Kendra F., OH

Excuse of the Day for 3/28/07:

"I had to pay the gas bill it was more than 600 dollars, but my daughter and her baby just moved in so I did not want them to turn it off. This is what our tenant said to our eviction attorney today about why she did not pay Feb or March rent. Too bad the daughter and the baby, your other daughter and her boyfriend, and the six cats are not approved by us or Section 8. - Donna, E. Haven, CT

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