Who Are These People?

For the last three years we have rented our house from a couple who I originally viewed as characters (as in – Wow, she’s a character) and now view as regular, old-fashioned crazy.  Their status changed last summer when the police showed up on my doorstep with notice (in quadruplicate) that the house I was living in with my hoping-to-be-pregnant-soon wife was IN FORECLOSURE.  Wha???  I should say that we were still in character status until we delivered the notice to their front door and was greeted with total denial (AKA lying).  Crazy #1, while never making any eye contact, informed us that the house wasn’t really in foreclosure, that this was all some kind of complicated clerical error.    She went on to tell us (which we certainly didn’t ask), that they had been behind on one payment and that check was in the mail right this moment.  Right this moment.  Right…… of course.  One late payment.  That makes all kinds of sense.  I’m sure that the sheriff’s department shows up at people homes when they are two weeks late on a mortgage payment.  Neither of us were interested in the details of their financial lives, but we did need to know if we needed to be looking for somewhere else to live.  Crazy #1 informed us that we did not.  Crazy #2 doesn’t talk.  I don’t think he’s allowed to.

Fast forward to yesterday.

The po-po was back on my front porch.  In fact, it was the same officer as last time.  It seems that the house is once again in foreclosure.  This is much less of a scare than it was last time as we will be moving next month and the hearing isn’t scheduled until August.  Whew!  In fact, the notice was actually welcome this time around as it offered us a higher-stakes way to get in touch with Crazy #1 who has been failing to return phone calls or answer her front door since last Wednesday (EIGHT days ago) when our AC went out.  After delivering the notice to her mailbox last night (no response to the doorbell in spite of both cars on the street and lights on throughout the house) the phone rang this morning and it was Crazy #1!  We should have air in this joint by the end of the week.

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5 thoughts on “Who Are These People?

  1. Now THAT is a good question. Humm….. I wonder if they own the house until that hearing. I don't know how this stuff works.

  2. They haven't been using your rent money for what it was intended already,so for sure they'll just squander anything you give them now too.

  3. So glad that this time round you're in a better position to not get stressed about it – that sucks. We've been in the position (twice) where the landlord was selling the house which was bad enough, but foreclosure just adds an extra weight. Hooray for the extra benefit of getting the a/c fixed though, even if I am wondering how they can afford that if they haven't been paying their mortgage!

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