ZACK THE WRECKER
Zack put down a security deposit for the apartment, then changed his mind.
He was going back with his wife. Try some counseling. Not moving in.
The apartment was off the market for a week! I kept the deposit. Zack said I was a thief. I re-read him the application: “If the applicant is approved and makes a deposit –- and then decides not to move into the apartment –- the deposit will be forfeited. THE DEPOSIT WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT.”
Zack said, “See you in small claims court!” Then he added, “Wait. I’m taking the apartment! We’re going to have a real good relationship. Tell your building manager, I’ll see him on Sunday with coffee and donuts!”
Zack worked demo and was a hauler. He might rent the apartment just to trash it — to demo it.
Zack didn’t show up Sunday. He called a week later. He still wanted in. He said he would be there in two days. I figured there was a 10 percent chance he would show.
What if he did?
I called Zack back: “I want to part ways. You go yours, I go mine. I’ll give you your security deposit back.”
“Man, I already have my truck packed!”
“I think there’s a lot of ill-will, and we should part ways. I’ll mail you the deposit.”
He said he wanted the deposit right now. “Things are all awkward between my girlfriend and me. I need the money,” he said.
“You can pick up the check from Rachel. She has bangs and is in her twenties,” I said. Rachel worked at the corner bakery. I didn’t want to tangle with Zack.
A basic rule of landlording: Once you get ’em [troublemakers] in, it’s hard to get ’em out.
Maybe I played it too safe. I’ll never know.
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