need advice on handling difficult landlord/seller - Posted by Matt B
Posted by Matt B on December 02, 1999 at 14:31:34:
I have a lease option deal on a house that I acquired a number of months ago. I have a very good tenant/buyer that always pays on time and has done a lot of fix-up to the house.
The landlord/seller in the deal has contacted me recently, seeming very upset. She says that my payments on the house have been getting to the bank late. She says that she calls the bank every month, and it takes too long for my payment to get to the bank. What I had been doing is depositing the check from my tenant/buyer on the second of the month, waiting the day that it takes her check to clear, then sending out my check to the bank. The mortgage payment is due by the 16th, even though my agreement with the landlord/seller states that I will pay it by the 10th. (Which I have)
She left a message for me stating that only the very first payment was on time, and every payment after that was late. She was very upset and said that she now wanted the payments mailed directly to her. I didn’t like the idea, but wanted to keep her happy, so I agreed. Well, I made the next payment to her after I received the payment from my tenant/buyer in the usual time frame, and then spent the weekend in Baltimore. When I came home, there was a letter taped to my front door from the landlord/seller demanding that we meet immediately!
I checked my phone messages and she had left multiple messages freaking out that she had received my check on the 6th, and had to wait for it to clear before she could pay the bank! She said that she HAD to be paid by the 1st in order to allow my check to clear so she could be sure her check to the bank cleared. She also said that because she had been trying to reach me all weekend and had not been able to, she was going to go talk to my tenant/buyer and see what the problem was.
I immediately called her and had to leave a message since she wasn’t home. I told her that the check was fine, I had paid her on time, and I would appreciate her not threatening to go get involved with my tenant/buyer. I put it as nicely as I could. I told her that our agreement was between us, not her and the person that I had put in the house. I told her that if there were any problems, that I was the person she needed to speak with, not my tenant/buyer.
When she called back, she left me a message that said that since she couldn’t get a hold of me, she will do what she wants, and go talk to my tenant/buyer if she wants. She said that my tenant/buyer IS her business, and she will get involved with them if she wants to. She then said that she would be mailing me a new, modified agreement to reflect that I had to make the payments directly to her.
Well I got the new agreement today. It states that the rent is due on the 1st of the month now, and it is to be made directly to her. I do not intend to sign this “new” agreement. I am happy with the one we already have.
Now, here’s my question… How the heck do I deal with this woman? Can I tell her that legally she is not allowed to go see my tenant/buyer? Obviously I still have the signed lease option agreement holding her to having to accept the payement by the 10th before it is considered late. Also, I’m sure that all my payments to her bank were credited before they were considered late because I received the monthly statement.
Anyone have any advice?