It was Friday evening, just sitting around with Lisi and her dad, just shortly after the oldest three left with my ex-husband for their weekend with him. A knock at the door had me think that perhaps one of the kids had forgotten something, or that the neighbor boy had come to play with Lis. No, I was presented with one of those folded in half pieces of paper and a “I was told to give you this.”
Deja vu of what happened when they new girl had done my rent wrong and I was told to leave or pay rent plus $250 fines just 15 days earlier. “W…what?!” I barely managed to squeak, and all the man would say is “if you have any further questions you can call the office.” With that he walked away, and the panic quickly swallowed my entire being and brought me into a flurry of tears and breathlessness.
Great, tell me that at 50 after 5 on a FRIDAY?! Though we called the office, they were obviously closed. Okay, Lisi’s dad called for me, as I could hardly breathe and manage to read the note.
Another knock on the door minutes later, Oh what on earth now?!
It appears our neighbors, our duplex mates (we’re attached by the garages and that’s it really…), got the same standard form letter.
“THIS NOTICE is intended as a thirty (30) day legal notice for the purpose of terminating your tenancy aforesaid in accordance with Idaho law, due to construction and changing of the premise. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE you are still obligated to pay rent until the expiration of the 30 day time period. If you vacate the premises by May 15, 2012 you will get a full refund of the rent oft he month of May.
The Premises of which you are required to surrender possession are:
THIS NOTICE IS NOT AN EVICTION NOTICE, HOWEVER, YOUR FAILURE TO VACATE THE PREMISES AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE 30 DAY TIME PERIOD COULD RESULT IN AN UNLAWFUL DETAINER COURT ACTION BEING FILED AGAINST YOU.
You are advised that the prevailing party in any unlawful detainer action is entitled to an aware of all reasonable costs and attorney’s fees incurred pursuant to Idaho Code Section 6-324.
DATED this 27 day of April, 2012”
Signed by the property owner.
Great, what about my deposit? Did I just lose that 850?! What are they going to do with it? Couldn’t they have told me this sooner? Why give me only 18 days to be able to move out, with four kids, finals and everything else… ON A FRIDAY?!
Though I’ve found a couple of places similar in size/space/bedrooms for the price, I couldn’t do much more than do drive-by’s.. No one answers their phones on the weekend of course.
Tomorrow, I get to find out the details behind this notice… if I’m allowed them, find out about my deposit, I hope I get it back. If they’re just going to tear the place down… and they told us ‘not to worry about the carpet, because they want to get rid of it’ when we moved in… I want that deposit back so I can put it towards… well.. other bills and things. :/ My entire ‘survive for a bit for bills’ Money will be going towards the deposit and first months rent at the new place… *shuddering* of course, if we’re out by the 15th at least I’ll get May’s rent for here back… but… this entire situation has me such a mess.
I still have to finish the choreography on my final dance…. due Wednesday. My hat showed up Saturday, the WRONG color. I ordered blue, got purple, which means I now need an entirely different costume to go with the hat… because the hat is part of my choreography! Ugh.
I wish… I’d have had more… personalized information instead of an ominous note on a Friday evening!