There has been a fair bit of strangeness going on since my last post. We’ve had some interactions with our house’s occupants which made us believe they wouldn’t vacate willingly. When we got a call one day from their lawyer (surprise!), we were really concerned. I decided that I should drive down and attend a free landlord training class which the city hosts monthly. I found out about the eviction process and decided that if we end up having to go that route, we’re going to need help. Since our circumstances are somewhat unique and we don’t understand the law in that area, it would be best to have someone helping us who knows what they’re doing. I met with a lawyer who has plenty of experience with landlord/tenant issues and he helped me figure out several things:
- How exactly to classify the people living in our house and what their rights are.
- What our rights are.
- How much time they have to find a new place to live.
He drafted a letter and sent it for us, notifying them of the date they should move out by. Good thing, too–we had been wrong about the date. She actually had nearly an extra three weeks!
Lessons learned from this experience:
- Living in an urban setting, you have to temper your “niceness” with wisdom and discernment or you will be taken advantage of. You must set boundaries for the well-being of yourself and those in your care.
- Sometimes we are going to have to the bearers of bad news. If we can’t handle that, we have no business moving to the inner city.
- It’s a good thing to get help from an expert when you don’t have a clue about what’s going on.
- When it comes to housing in the inner city, it is a jungle.
So–lots of lessons learned–none of them fun!
- healing & financial provision for the mother of a teen we have gotten to know — she’s battling stage 4 cancer — Her mother passed away, but the teen is coping and has been taken under a friend’s wing
- that the current occupants of our home wouldn’t trash it
- that the tenants would leave willingly and in a timely manner & find suitable housing
- that we would continue to have patience & find things to do while we wait