Chutzpah: The eviction Saga continues… lessons learned

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 Words

So we are going with the English definition this week. I have had an uneventful week and I didn’t have any Yiddish version chutzpah experiences.

Well, I have had my share this week. I can only say that I have learned a lot of valuable lessons about my rental properties. In my last article I wrote that you should get everything in writing. Keep track of all your communications you will never know when you will need them. I also suggest after a verbal conversation following up with a written statement as per our conversation and then name the key points. So what is my Chutzpah event? Our renter took our washer and dryer. He then claimed it was his. I mean REALLY!  The house was brand new so it came with washer and dryer. He also took all the components of the closets. He even moved palm trees and got rid of some. What a headache complete with the police and the neighborhood gossips. I learned that the pictures I have of the house inside and out prior to the tenants moving in should serve me well in court. It is important to be prepared and take care of your investment. As a tenant I suggest you read your lease carefully and have a lawyer read it to you if something is unclear. It is important to understand what you are obligating yourself to prior to signing an agreement. I am hopeful that our lease will stand up in court since it is very cut and dry.  It clearly defines the obligation each party has as far as the property is concerned. In order to save money you need to make sure you follow the paperwork to the letter or it could cost you.

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  1. says

    My husband and I were live-in apartment managers when we still lived out in Los Angeles…this brings back some memories!! (Many of which I would prefer to forget!!) I hated having to evict people, but sometimes there was nothing else to do. I hope everything comes out well for you.

  2. says

    I was an apartment manager back in my pre-kid days and it never surprises me what brazen stuff people try to pull. Hopefully you are able to recover your washer/dryer, but I wouldn’t count on it, sadly. You’re right – everything in writing!!


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