<The details of this real life situation are, sadly, quite real.  We have received this landlord’s permission to use this confidential information for this informative article.>

GRRrrrrrr…….I did not want to have forward the tenant’s email to our landlord Client.  It was the type of email which, once sent, couldn’t be pulled back.  That grenade pin wasn’t going back in the grenade.

What made the situation even worse was that I had hounded this landlord to move over this one remaining property to our care for the last year.  We had been managing all his other doors except for this one holdout.  I had given him every reason to get it off his plate and onto ours.  For 12 straight  months, I was relentless.  He finally agreed.  The contract was signed, the money exchanged, and the lease renewal negotiations started with the tenant….then it all went to Hell in a hand basket.

My email to the landlord:  “Kevin–I regret to have to inform you, but we have decided to terminate our management agreement for the newest property you just placed in our care.  Please see the disturbing email we just received from your tenant in response to the lease agreement we sent to him.   Even as a longtime NRA member and a staunch 2nd Amendment Right supporter, this is a tragedy waiting to become reality.  As such, we are giving this property back to you effective immediately.”

Here’s the email from the Tenant to our company, with my thoughts inserted in the “{  }” for your reading as such:

…”I have a autistic son who is 19 who will always live with us and is only at 5th grade level but can not enter into legal contract to be on lease, but will always be a resident. {Cool….we have a few other properties with special needs adults/children, no big deal.  Plus, he’s not legally able to sign the lease anyways due to his autism.}

My payment is set to be in by midnight on the 1st of every month and we have been told by Kevin that we have a 5 day grace period with no penalty.  We write check and at this point give Kevin 3 checks in advance. In 9 years we have never written a bad check. To date we have paid around $110,000 in rent to Kevin. I do not pay bills online because I do not trust that my info in secure. I had over $13K taken from me from a renter and the bank told me it was a civil matter and I never got it back. {Our lease agreement has the rent being due by 1st of each month, which given his exemplary payment history, no big deal, except we don’t accept postdated checks nor “checks in the mail” for security reasons.  Sounds like he has some bad password protocols as a consumer?}

I DO NOT TELL ANYONE when I do not plan to be home or when going on a vacation for any period of time. If I need to be reached to give a verbal OK to give anyone access to my dwelling, I can be reached over the phone and will respond within 24 hours. Plus Indiana state law only requires you to give me 24hrs notice before coming into my home. {His objection is to the lease requirement that tenants allow showing agents to see the home, our staff allowances to do property audits, etc.  Now it’s getting a bit ruffled….Plus, last time I checked, there is no such State law….but we digress here.}

But I would ask that you make an appointment for my wife or I to be home. I do not want my son to be home alone and think someone is breaking in and shoot them. We will make availability to come home or at least to advise you to enter when he is not at home. He NEVER opens the door for anyone. So anyone walking in who is not us is considered an intruder to him. Yelling out that you are there to fix or work on something will not change his mind.  Stangers are not to be in our house when he is home alone. {Uhhhhhh……is this a joke?  Is he punking me?  Did I seriously just read that correctly?  Go back and read this last paragraph again.  I’ll wait…..}

Sorry, but we simply draw the line of putting our staff, our vendors, other agents, into a situation where there can be immediate and serious danger.  A youth with mental disabilities having access to a loaded firearm qualifies as an immediate and serious danger, at least in my mind.

Some business simply isn’t worth writing up.  Sadly, this is an example of this sound business principle.

Be safe out there, friends.