Willie nearly fainted from the stench emanating from the apartment when Connie Conroy open the door after Willie knocked to introduce himself as the new landlord and collect the first month’s rent. Conroy’s carpets reeked of urine from the cats and dogs relieving themselves. Uncaged parakeets could be seen flying through the screen door that separated Conroy and Willie. The hallway where Conroy stood contained three boxes of cat litter that were weeks over due for changing. Prior to 2009, tenants in homes that had been foreclosed upon could have their leases voided by the new owner. So, cupping his hand over his mouth and nose, Willie informed Conroy that she’d have to sign a new lease, get rid of the animals - except for either a cat or one small dog - and replace the carpets. Otherwise, she’d have to leave. Conroy, who had been Branch’s only reliably paying tenant, tore up the rent check right in front of Willie, threw the confetti at him and slammed the door.
A week later, Conroy responded to Sammy’s certified letter demanding that she vacate the apartment within thirty days, with a certified letter of her own. “By the time you have received this letter, me and my dogs already have vacated your client’s goddamn apartment. I left plenty of water for the twelve cats, but please feed them right away as I ran out of Fancy Feast this morning. And,don’t worry about the birds as the cats have likely eaten them by now. .
Signed, Connie Conroy. XOXOXOX.”
by Ted Fiolek
Branch approached Willie and asked if he could stay on as a tenant in the downstairs unit after Willie purchased the foreclosed home from Subprime Financial, and Willie gladly agreed. When he didn’t have his rent money the day after Willie closed on the property, Branch explained “It’s been so long since I’ve paid rent or a mortgage, I forgot to put it in my budget." A month later the first mortgage bill for the three-family Amboy house arrived in Willie’s mail. He had the house fully rented, but was without a single paying tenant. Without a dime in rental income, Willie viewed the mortgage bill from Ohio Lending & Spending like a piece of junk mail.
Willie never collected a penny of rent nor paid a dime in mortgage payments to Ohio Lending & Spending, who financed the rental property . . .
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