A while back I wrote a post called Landlord – Death Edition. It was about a rental I was doing for a very nice senior, who ended up in Hospital. I had no idea where he was or his status and no way to find out.
The Landlord OK
A few weeks later he showed up again, feeling better. I continued trying to find a suitable tenant, finally I found an extremely nice professional lady. I thought she would be an awesome fit for his place. I got the deposit and sealed the deal. The landlord was happy, I was happy, the tenant was happy. There was so much happiness, we tempted the fates, Murphy Law’s came a knocking and screwed everything up.
Backing Out Of The Agreement to Rent
A few days ago, the owner calls me… his son having marital trouble and moving in. Crap. I have to get the owner out of the deal. Uggh. I felt really horrible about it too. The tenant was really nice; I didn’t want to do it at all. Finally today I caught myself and I had to tell myself to just tell her, and the sooner I told her, the sooner she could get about the business of getting finding a new spot. As Murphy would have it, we played phone tag all day, finally I just emailed her the bad news. I felt better after that, then she called me and she hadn’t read her email so I had to tell her that she wouldn’t be getting the place after all. I made arrangements to return her money back to her. She was of course great and understanding about everything. “Of course he has to take care of his family” she told me.
Not A Tenant Until Legal Possession
Legally this kind of situation is no problem. She’s not a tenant with rights until the day she has legal possession. Morally, the owner did make a commitment and renege because of unforeseen circumstances. In this case it was his son, but it could have been a flood or some other problem.
So if anyone’s looking for an awesome super nice tenant for their apartment in the Toronto Beaches or Danforth area, I know an awesome one. She’s looking for October.