Last week I sent my tenant a text. I told him I would file the unlawful detainer unless he deposited at least $1,000 cash in my bank account. That's cash, not a check, because he's written me a bad check before. Well, surprise, surprise... he called Friday night to let me know he made the deposit.
Few things surprise me anymore. I shouldn't have to threaten my tenants with lawsuits in order to get them to pay their rent. But, I really am happy that I don't have to deal with this next week. Filing the eviction with the court is expensive, plus I am on a tight schedule with all these mystery shops I have scheduled. Not having to go to the courthouse frees up a lot of time. Not to mention, I didn't want to deal with another vacant property and the costs associated with getting it ready to rent. This townhouse is part of the same complex where I still have two empty units, so the vacancy issue would have been an expensive one.
I am leaving tomorrow morning by 3 AM. It is about 6 hours to Panama City and I want to arrive at the dealership around 8 AM (thankfully I gain an hour with the time zone change). This is going to be a ridiculously profitable week for me. True, the hours will be long, and the weather is so much colder where I'm headed, but in just over a week I'll be back home and be almost $3,000 richer.