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Jun 092010

Recently MoneySmartsBlog ran a post about The Worst Tenant Ever. If you haven’t read it, I’d recommend you give it a read. There’s a stripper in it, just in case you needed any extra prodding to go check it out.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I rent out my basement. For the most part, I’ve had good tenants. My current tenant is moving out at the end of June, because she got pregnant and wants her own place for her and the baby. Since I’m pretty sure the baby was conceived in my basement, I like to crack the joke “at least someone is getting laid at my place”. Overall though, she’s been a great tenant.

The guy before her? Well, not so much.

First of all, he was Korean. Now before you go labeling me as a racist, there is a major disadvantage to renting to someone from another country. If there is a language barrier, (like there usually is when English is someone’s second language) trying to communicate difficult terms is difficult. Things can literally get lost in translation.

While he was there, he decided some days were too cold for him to go outside and smoke, so he just didn’t bother. This was written specifically in the lease and I make sure every tenant initials that clause, that way they can’t claim ignorance if I lay down the law.

There are two parts of the lease that I feel are important enough for their own initials. The second part is the part about no pets. Shortly after I got him to stop smoking, he decided to move in a puppy. And once again, I had to talk to him about that.

One night at 11:30, I was watching TV when I got a knock at the door. It was my tenant, announcing he was moving the next day. He wanted his security deposit back. I told him he wasn’t getting the deposit back unless he gave a month’s notice. He obviously thought a month’s notice was optional, because he kept insisting that I give it back. Finally at 12:45, we agreed to talk about it again the next day.

Fast forward to the next afternoon. To make a long story short, we’re at a standoff. To try to get the upper hand, he decided to try to physically intimidate me, threatening to “kick my ass”.  He was pretty tall guy; I’m 6’3 and he was only a couple inches shorter than I was.

Luckily for me, I had a buddy over. He came in from the living room, carrying the putter I keep there because sometimes I like to practice putting while watching TV. It’s amazing how a guy will calm down when he’s outnumbered and outgunned. He sped off into the sunset shortly after. I learned that shortly after he moved back to South Korea.

Readers, who was your worst tenant? What lessons did you learn from them? Or do you have a crappy landlord story you’d like to share?

Tell everyone, yo!

  11 Responses to “My Worst Tenant: The Guy Who Tried To Fight Me”

  1. He's probably blogging right now about his horrible landlord. The guy who had friends with putters.

  2. Nice story. Was your friend's name "Elin" by chance? 😉


  3. Wow, that’s pretty intense! I’m glad your friend with the putter diffused the situation.

  4. I wish my buddy looked as lovely as Elin!

    Afterwards he said to me "the only reason I grabbed the putter is because I've never been in a fight before and figured without a weapon we were screwed. He's Korean, he knows kung fu or something."

    @Tian- I like how this comment thread has deteriorated into musings about my sex life. That's actually my goal with every post, so thanks for that.

  5. @Mike

    Well, he did say at the beginning “it’s nice to be able to say at least someone’s getting laid at my place”… 😉 so maybe that would explain Tiger’s transgressions

  6. Are you in Ontario? I believe that a no pets clause is not enforceable in Ontario. You might want to verify that.

  7. […] With Dirty Feet. You can also check out my story about my worst tenant I’ve ever had, The Guy Who Tried To Fight Me. In case anyone is still following the story about who I have in my basement, I have now rented it […]

  8. […] absolutely hate to pay ATM fees. It’s usually never a problem for me, since I get paid rent (from renting out my basement) in cash I hardly ever crack out my debit card. I’m a little bit old school like that. When I […]

  9. […] published her Tenant From Hell story over at Money Smarts Blog. I responded with mine, about the tenant who tried to fight me over a security deposit dispute. While this story involves a roommate, he did live in my house […]

  10. Did the puppy end up as bulgogi or mandu?

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