Posted by Kristine on June 09, 2000 at 24:52:31:
Carey–I don’t have personal experience with tenants or buyers but I have watched some expert people (employers) deal with situations like the above. If the guy really has money coming to him, I would try to work something out with him and keep it out of the courts. Unless you want the home back. See if he can pay you something now to tide you over and get a date about when you’ll get paid, with late fees, of course.
There are a lot of people out there with a huge sense of entitlement and you may have one of them in this situation. However, if you take him to court on principle (because he owes you) it could be a lose/lose for both of you. Tell him you understand his situation but that you want to work something out for both of you and that “paying when I get the money” is not specific enough for you. People can only hear this when they’re not feeling attacked. There’s not much you can do about what makes this guy feel attacked, but if you are firm and fair, I think there is a good chance he’ll work with you. Unless he’s a real deadbeat and doesn’t really have any money coming to him, in which case I’d probably do whatever I could do make his life miserable…