Letter: Frederick Place bashes area landlords by M.B. Rowe
There are two sides to every story. Choose to believe whatever stories led the homeless to the doors of Frederick Place, but don’t publish them as the gospel truth until sources are checked, especially when sole blame is heaped on the landlord. Frederick Place, you did this last Sunday (Star Journal, April 24).
My mother and I have two rentals, and have worked with many tenants for 20 years, including “Bruce.”
Remember “Bruce,” the man who “wanted the simple life” but his landlady decided not to rent to him after he put $200 down toward the rent? Did “Bruce” mention that we held his rental, unoccupied, for 5 weeks, paying the utilities, and on move-in day “Bruce” had no money to give us, yet expected to move in on credit?
Or that he refused the job he said he was taking, got no security deposit back from his former landlord, and was convicted of criminal theft? I thought not.
Bruce’s only source of income is Social Security, therefore if he never paid us any money, we could not collect back rent in small claims court. Nice.
We know the lady who rented to “Mindy,” and she bent over backwards for her, knowing she had horrid credit and a bankruptcy. She held her duplex until she could put down partial rent and a partial security deposit, put up window treatments, loaned her a lawn mower, etc. “Mindy” considered it harassment when asked to pay rent, had bags of garbage (three months worth) in a garage she had no lease to use, neighbors complained, she had stay-over guests for days at a time, and complained when the landlady showed the bottom duplex.
“Mindy” was a month behind in rent and security deposit when she sent her landlady a letter stating she’d get paid in 12 weeks. Really? The landlady phoned Mindy’s “job” to see if she had one. Mindy came unglued, swearing profusely. The landlady gave “Mindy” a 5 day eviction notice, which means “pay the rent due within 5 days and stay, or pay nothing and move. Remember, the rent was already a month late. “Mindy” chose not to pay.
We landladies have worked hard for Frederick Place. Please don’t alienate us with slander. I know you have success stories…next time get your “glimpses” from people who haven’t pulled the wool over your eyes. Tell “the rest of the story.”
M.B. Rowe, Rhinelander