Chutzpah: Get it in Writing

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.


Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

I have to say the one job I dislike the most is being a landlord.  I especially dislike it when my renter doesn’t pay on time or at all. We are currently going through the eviction process after several months of non- payment and a million and one notarized payment schedules. The Chutzpah moment is he left in the middle of the night without a forwarding address or phone number. I am now at the mercy of the courts to attempt to find him and collect the money we are owed. The lesson I learned was make sure you have every penny and the date it is due in writing. I am hopeful the judge will help us get the money we are owed. I made sure to document everything in writing. I was able to trace every dollar owed and every dollar paid which will help our plight in court. I am just sad that I was put in the position in the first place.

Here is a site I found with free legal documents. That being said, you should consult with a lawyer when entering into a contract. I am lucky enough that we know several. They advised me on what I needed to have documented and how to do so. You can go to your bank and have them notarized for free. A penny not accounted for in a contract is a penny lost.

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  1. says

    How do you pronounce Chutzpuh? Nice writing. Sorry about your renter. It just makes me realize that I have been a great renter to my landlords. Too bad you can’t include that on an application for a mortgage. 🙂


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