turns out our rent check for january bounced. what happened was, the money was in there when i turned it in and the very next day his car insurance went through, which is an automatic payment. it sent our account balance $30 below what the amount of the check was. the check was sent back to the landlord and never processed. i was never notified by neither the bank nor my landlord that they didn't receive january's payment. in february, the rent was paid on time and processed, yet i got a late notice. when i called to discuss the matter, the lady on the phone told me she got the payment and everything was fine. the same thing happened again this month, rent paid on time, processed, and another late notice. today i went down in person to discuss the matter, and they are just now telling me that january's check was returned. they want $1,064 by the 15th or we'll be evicted. our rent isn't that much but there are $150 in late fees.
now back in january, i specifically remember on like january 20th that our check had not gone through when i looked at our balances online. i called the leasing office to find out what was going on, and she told me that they did receive the check and everything was fine. when they gave me my ledger today, it showed the check returned to them on january 7th. so when i called her january 20th, she was already aware it bounced for weeks and must have forgot to tell me, and then proceeded to make me think we were all set for january. now i am irritated that i could've had a proper handle on this back on the 20th if she had remembered to tell me the check bounced.
in february when i received another "late notice" for february's rent, i called the office the next day and she told me that they made a mistake, they did receive february's payment and everything was fine. but again, according to the ledger i received today they knew that january's check bounced on january 7th. so again in february, they did not tell me and i could've properly handled it then and not had so many late fees.
i realize i should've been more proactive when january's check never cleared through my bank. so i do take full responsibility for my actions, and realize some of the blame is on me. however the landlord made me think everything was fine with january's rent when i called her in mid-january to confirm the payment. and now she's giving me exactly one week to get my shit together and either pay or be evicted. its impossible for us to come up with that money, we scrimp and save to pay our regular rent and there is no way i can gather extra for a month that wasn't paid for. what am i supposed to do? isn't it a fair statement to say that if the leasing office had told me back on january 20th that my rent check bounced, this all could've been taken care of months ago? and they're just now bringing it to my attention and i have to pay the penalty for it?
Answer by Erica_Smerica at 4:41 PM on Mar. 8, 2011
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Answer by Charis76 at 1:03 PM on Mar. 8, 2011
I would say you had an argument for the late fees past the point in Jan when you called. But the actual rent you should still have that in your account since the check never went through right? I am sure they would take that while you discuss late fees.
Answer by Charis76 at 12:40 PM on Mar. 8, 2011
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Answer by LoveMyDog at 12:43 PM on Mar. 8, 2011
Most states have civil laws against evictions. The minimum amount is 30 days. I'd look into it. However did you actually pay January's rent after you realized the check had bounced?
Answer by luvmygrlz at 12:43 PM on Mar. 8, 2011