I was on a roll today. I’ve had a long simmering dispute with a neighbor across the street and today I read them the riot act. This goes back a few years. The woman who owns the house – a 1920s bungalow – is actually very nice. Her sons are another story. In her back yard on the alley there is an illegally built MIL unit, carport, and garage. Her son operates a construction business out of it. There are always cars, trucks, and tailers filled with debris and what-not parked up and down the street. Lots of noise and congestion. It is a major pain.
It started with her other son. I won’t bore you with all the details but you who live in older neighborhoods know that parking can be an issue. After trying several times to get them to leave enough parking for me and my two tenants I finally had enough of it. I went down to City Hall and found out that the MIL, carport and garage where all built without permits, and because they did not build them to code and with the proper set-back requirements they can’t be brought up to code. I told them if one more car, truck, tailer or anything else ever ended up on the frontage of my house I was going to log a formal complaint with the city and it would all get bulldozed. This worked for a year or so.
The first son eventually moved out and she got some nice tenants. Everything was fine until about 6 months ago. The other son moved in and it all started up again. He is a partner with his brother in the business. At first they didn’t park anything along my street frontage but about 2 months ago things occasionally showed up. They would be moved the next day and I really didn’t want to be an asshole about it so I let the little things slide. Not any more, though.
Two weeks ago the first FedEx Freight tailer showed up. This is a large semi tractor trailer. FedEx drops off the trailer and picks it up a few days later. I guess it has inventory or something. It has really compounded the parking problem. Last night the trailer showed up and the son comes home and parks his full sized pickup with a 14 foot trailer next to my house (I live on a corner). This is on top of the tractor that was dropped off earlier in the day. This is an actual farm tractor that some guy – one of their workers - parked on the street next to my house after taking it off the brother’s truck and trailer. That was it. That pushed me over the edge.
Today on lunch I came home and saw Amanda’s car out front (She is the Mother). I went over and told her it was over. All bets were off. Both sons had to have all of their crap off the street and the business needed to be moved out of the neighborhood or I would do everything in my power to see that the MIL unit, carport and garage would be demolished. At first she said she would talk to them about parking once more. I explained to her again that this had moved beyond parking. It ALL had to go. The business, the trucks, the employee’s cars, the tailers, and the noise. It was over. It was through. I wasn’t putting up with it anymore.
Like I said, Amanda is basically a nice person. She is a mild mannered school teacher in her late 50s and she is being taken advantage of by her sons. I really don’t want to get her in trouble with the city. I told her I would give her son until the end of the year to get it all out (Now I wish I had said a month). After that all bets are off. I told her if there was even one trailer or anything having to do with the business on the street I would contact the city. I think she understood.
I’m expecting some blow-back from the sons this weekend. One of them is a real loud-mouthed arrogant prick. I’ve already decided I’m not going to take any crap from them. If one of them so much as shoots his mouth off to me once I’m not going to give them until the end of the year but I will go straight to city hall. I’ve had it.
After all this I was really in a bad mood. It dawned on me that the flaky woman who rents 2 garages from me still hasn’t paid rent for September. She is a legacy tenant from the previous owners. My house has a 1926 Mission Revival 6-car garage building in the back yard. Most of the garages were rented out when I bought the place and I really needed the money so I didn’t kick anyone out. One woman still rents 2 of them. She is a flake. Always late on rent and a real pain. When I got October’s rent check I realized she had never paid September’s rent (I really don’t want to be a landlord). I called her and asked where it was and she swears she mailed it. Yea, right! She said she would get another check in the mail and I still haven’t received that check, now 2 and a half weeks later.
Today was a bad day for me to realize I haven’t received the check. I called her and got her voice mail. I told her if she was ever –Ever – late on rent again it would be an automatic 30-day notice to vacate. I told her she had to do what ever she had to do to get me the check on time but that I would take no more excuses. I don’t care if we are in the middle of WW III and the monetary system has collapsed she must pay rent on time or she would be out. No excuse. No questions asked.
So, anyone else got a problem with me today? Uh? What’s that? Are you talking to me? I don’t see anybody else over here. You must be talking to me…