There is something magical about the month of June, I cant put my finger on it but its nice when you say , its June.
I started my day as a landlady by calling one tenant and asking what time to come collect, she told me anytime afternoon.
I already know that two rentals will not be collected today as they are set up for another day.
I then drove to the little old ladies house.
My old ladies :
They are not really old old but one is just over 60 and the other just over 70, they are mentally handicap and the one no longer drives so I take them to town once a month. Things were going well on the way into town to the bank and to pay the light bills. I walk in and help the older of the two withdraw what she wants but I have had to help the younger because she was overdrawing so I hung back with the younger and the older went on to the car. While she was waiting on her teller to process her withdrawal she said ” My she came untied.” As we walked toward the door she looked at me and said ” Bend down and tie my shoe.” WELL! No. I said as I pointed ” There is a sofa right there, tie your own shoe.” She grunted but sat down anyways, she could barely raise her foot up to tie her shoe but did it.
I refused to go to the slop yourself till you pop restaurant, the buffet, so I told them they could go eat and I would pick them back up in an hour. They went for that idea. I had played a CD I have had for years, an oldies CD “the best of the 60`s.” As Miss tie my shoe got out she stopped by my car window and told me to “make her a copy” of that CD. I said ” I don`t copy CD`s, I heard that do as I said tone again!
To me she was being bossy and a little pushy as though I lived to serve her, anyways I had a sandwich and paid a few bills then picked them back up.
Tony asked when we picked them up” How many plates of food did you eat?” to the younger and she said ” one plate.” Then he asked the older and she said “I had two plates full.” Then he asked the older one ” How many did she eat? and he pointed to her sister, she said ” three plates” and that set the conversation on fire! After a few minutes of back and forth yelling in the back seat, I said ” cool it buffet queens!”
I drove them to the Grocery store and when I pulled in they just sat, I said “go buy your food” and she said ” I thought you would come too.” Usually I would but today I did not feel like it. After around thirty minutes Tony was asleep in the car so I went in. They could not find the frozen vegetables and I have no idea how they missed the tea and sweetener. I helped and then I put them in line and went back to th car. See usually I would load the groceries and then reload them in the car. Not today.
When I got them home I always help them tote the food inside the house but today I said ” The eggs are in the backseat” and the older said ” I cant get the eggs!” I replied with good now I don`t have to buy any, she looked at me a second and when that registered she got her eggs and took them inside 🙂 I did take about six bags inside but I made them do more today. Why? Because they were being lazy and putting it all on me.
No I am not mean to these ladies, if I were they would not have rented my house for 16 years.
The new tenant :
I had seen them walking yesterday and he set up a time for me to come today and pick up rent.
When I drove up he was counting money, I asked if I could check out the painting of th rooms and they said yes.
Next was have a seat and stay a while.
Sometimes its a good idea to stay a few minutes and chat and sometimes its not. I felt like I was being picked for information today. Tony loves to talk so that was just right for him, not so much for me.
No I am not paranoid, I have just learned how people can be and I try to keep my life private. I try my best to keep each one of my tenants lives private, I will not talk about them to other tenants or to nosy neighbors.
After Tony and the guy had talked about how interested both were about this one thing, the woman said ” I would love to see that, where do you live?” Without hesitation I lied. Why? Because I can see where this is going, they want to see how I live so she will know how far she can go …… into my pockets. I used to allow the tenants to drop off the rent but I moved to another state, then I hired a lady to collect till she allowed the wrong crowd to get by with stuff I would never as in growing pot in one house, now I pick the rent up at the rental itself.
I asked ” is everything okay?” and I was shown a few things they asked to be fixed. I wrote down the problems and they are easy fixes, something that can be done in an hour.
Next was the water pipe problem house.
I waited for this one to get back home from shopping. I went up and she must have heard me and was at the kitchen door counting money as I walked up. She paid me the rent.
I asked to see the water bill and I went over the dates, how much for each month and the transfer fee. I know about how much the bills run per month so I took off two months normal water usage and transfer fee, then I handed her back $35 because the leak was part of the house just being old. I wrote out her a receipt for a lesser rent.
I asked ” is everything alright?” she said ” yes” and I left.
The other new tenant:
I had talked with his mother earlier and told her I would be by Friday as requested.
But as I was leaving for the day I seen the young lady outside and I asked her what time to come Friday and her husband said ” I can pay you now.” I backed up and drove into the yard. Mrs. Nosy Gossip came outside to be nosy, she walks the dogs as an excuse.
They brought the cash out to the car and I wrote her a receipt and that is when the man said ” Hey are you renting that other house to so and so?” I said ” yes I am, why?” He shook his head and said ” Oh man, she is all about Central city! and I told her dad if she brought that shit over by my house I was kicking his ass!” I told him ” you wont have to worry about that, if I see any of that going on I will evict her.” All the while I was thinking ” how do you know she has been in central city?”
Central city is a small area that is filled dope users and dealers. People don`t go to that place unless they are up to no good, its a very bad area just outside of the Anniston city limits.
My first impression of this lady is exactly as her mother told me and not about dope at all, but I will see I have been fooled before.
This tenant does like to tell me about the other tenants 🙂 But people has to understand, people are people and I cannot govern what they do. As long as they pay rent and do not disturb the neighbors I am good with them. I tell all of them I am zero drug tolerate when they move in.
I asked” is everything okay?” She said ” yes but there were some termites in the laundry room and we sprayed them” I told her I would by spray for the outside of the house, too.”
Now I get one day off as a landlady But it will be used as a caregiver, driving him to the doctor and sitting in the waiting room. Book reading time!
By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry