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This whole squatting thing is crazy to me.

I understand if people are using an abandoned building for shelter, but someone who actually goes through a landlord and THEN refuses to pay rent?


But that’s what this landlord was dealing with…luckily, he had a plan for how to deal with these folks.

Check out what happened!

Live in a rental for over a year without paying rent? Good luck in jail.

“Last summer I bought a house trailer and decided to rent it out.

It needed some work so I posted 2 months free rent for putting carpet down in the living room, hooking up the hot water heater and putting in a toilet.

It seemed like everything was fine.

Got a nice couple with a newborn willing to do it. Great. No lease, month to month. No security deposit and the rent was $450 a month.

So they did the work so I didn’t ask for rent for 2 months. Everything was fine.

But there was a catch…

Side note: there are a few little state laws that come into play. If you don’t pay rent for 3 consecutive months you are considered a squatter, which means the landlord doesn’t have to fix the property and can actually padlock it and deny you entry. If you’re on house arrest and get formally evicted, you could be violated for it. Also you can be formally evicted even if you have already moved out so the landlord can get rent due.

Also even though there are eviction bans, if it happened before the ban then it can still go through. Plus a few other conditions that still allow someone to be evicted. It’s up to the judge really.

The money was nowhere to be seen.

Fast forward 5 months and still no rent money.

Yes they had a newborn and they were young and didn’t have a lot of money, but the husband can spend $1,500 on a new engine for his project car. T

hey can afford to go out to eat and spend money on electronics, but no rent.

So after that third month I did nothing.

The weather was turning cold. I didn’t put in the furnace like I promised and if they hadn’t had a newborn I would have padlocked the house.

They were bragging about their tax refund, I gave them a shot to catch up and they basically said that they knew their rights and were in a rent strike (illegally I might add. You will see later).

They gave them another chance.

Covid happened, husband got laid off so I gave them a break.

When he went back to work I asked for back rent again and was told to **** off.

I finally had enough.

I told them they had 14 days to get out or I was doing a formal eviction and seeing he was on house arrest he knew what that meant.

I honestly was trying to keep him from having to go back to jail and keep an eviction off of their record. I was trying to be nice and civil.

This was bad.

So they left and I cut my losses, until I checked the property.

Everything they put in the removed. Everything they got free rent for was gone. I got mad and filed for a formal eviction.

It didn’t go as they hoped. They said I didn’t provide heat so they went on a rent strike. Only they didn’t file that with the courts or hold the money aside. They just thought they could stop paying rent.

What they put into the trailer was less than the rent. The judge agreed with me that seeing they took everything I was due those 2 months rent.

Then it happened…

He started slamming my character so I said “Well you didn’t tell me you were going to be going on house arrest when you rented the property” before then the judge looked bored, but he perked up. He asked them if that was true, they responded that it was and he was ready to make his ruling.

Money money money!

I received 15 months back rent at $450 a month and $2,000 in damages because the way they removed the stuff they damaged a lot of things.

As for him, the judge said he had no choice but to turn the eviction over to his parole officer.

Fast forward to this month. His house arrest was violated and he was arrested. They actually had the nerve to ask me to speak on his behalf.

I didn’t.

Ruling was his remaining 6 months are now being spent in jail, they have a bad eviction on their record and they owe me money.

Here’s what people had to say.

One reader said got a kick out of one part of this story.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Another individual said this was PRO revenge.

Source: Reddit/AITA

One Reddit user said he should just forget about it.

Source: Reddit/AITA

One person talked about squatter’s rights.

Source: Reddit/AITA

And this person was impressed.

Source: Reddit/AITA

Right in the slammer!

I bet they won’t do that again!