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Daniel asks…

Found my sis a house to rent, seems like way too good a deal, is there a way to verify that its legit?

My sister needs to move from her house by 10/1 as the landlord is facing foreclosure and can’t renew her lease. After much searching I found a home on craigslist that was rather low in rent and called on it. We went to look at the house and frankly its perfect for her and her 3 kids. The landlord accepted her application without verifying her employment, all he did was call her current landlord for a ref. Her current landlord gave her a glowing ref as she is very clean, pays rent early and does most repairs and maint herself.
My issue is that I may be a cynic, but this guy called her 24 hours after she looked at the place and told her she could have it, he did not run her credit, or check her employment, just simply called her landlord. The rent is ridiculously low, most apartments are running 200 dollars more per month for equal size, but the landlord said that he needs someone who can keep the place clean, take care of yard ect so thats why it was so low. He set a time to sign lease and such.
After her recent exp of paying rent to a lady who then is about to loose the place and never told her till 30 days before she had to leave….I may be a bit untrusting. However, I don’t want to find out at the end of the month that this guy was NOT on the up and up, and she has now wasted the rest of the month that she could have spent looking for a home. She literally has to be out by 10/1, and if she banks on this place, and it turns out to be some elaborate hoax, she is screwed.
This may be paranoid, but there are some scumbags out there, and she is my only sister…is there a way to verfiy that a landlord is legit? He said he has never rented before, and is only renting because the house did not sell in current market and he does not want to leave it vacant as he is moving to California (they are in New York now).
Any thoughts?

Mike answers:

As a landlord myself, I must tell you that I would absolutely rent to your sister. The recommendation of the prior landlord is golden. I can understand your reluctance to believe this, but it may very well be true.

So many times a house is left in abominable condition, needing thousands of dollars in repairs. It is well worth a discount for someone who will not only keep the place clean, but will make the repairs!

Just make sure your sister gets a signed lease agreement from the owner that states the rent amount, length of the lease, specifies who pays utilities and HOA fees, if any, and covers any other items such as repairs over $200, etc. Once it’s signed, it’s legal.

What a nice brother you are! I’m sure your sister appreciates your help.

Steven asks…

Crazy Cousin Causes Catastrophe! Help!?

My mother passed about a month ago. In her ‘Trust” she has put her niece, my cousin, in for 10%, which is a decent sum of money. My brother and I receive the remaining monies split evenly.
Years ago, this cousin went on 5 trips to Europe with my Mother, all expenses paid- even from California, where she lives. We were told that this was ‘in lieu of an inheritance.” Instead, she was working on my Mother, insuring her place in my Mother’s heart and pocketbook forever. My Mother had also been sending her money for years.
This cousin is horrific with money. If she has a $20.00 bill, she spends $40.00 and is angry there isn’t more. She never has any money, and can’t manage a thing.
Now that my mother is gone, the Trustee (person handling the Trust) has decided NOT to do her job. She has resigned. Much of this is because of this cousin part of the Trust, which states she be doled out money 4X/year and ‘as needed,’ but NOT cut a check for the full amount. This same cousin wrote me a horrible letter years ago, telling me that SHE was my mother’s blood daughter and her ‘favorite’ one, and that she was loved over my brother and I both. I didn’t speak to her for years.
Now, we are stalled on the Trust. No one will do it, and if my brother and I have to go to court to become appointed Trustees, or, if the attorney is apppointed Trustee, this same cousin has to approve of our choice. This is because she is IN the Trust. My brother fears that this cousin will demand MORE than her share, slow us all down to the point of non-movement, and cost us more money.
I want to cut contact with this cousin- again- and haven’t told her about the Trust. She may assume she’s got something coming, but I haven’t directly spoken with her about it. Neither has my brother. We are kind of afraid of her really. She and her man are money-grubbers, and as I mentioned, always in a crisis with credit cards and other problems. IN fact they inherited quite a sum from his aunt 3 years ago, and are totally broke today. THey have a legal judgement against them for non payment of rent from a landlord, and they bought a motor home/coach to escape their bills. They paid $265,000 for this coach.
I don’t know what to say to this cousin, and how to break it off with her again? We mostly email and she’s thousands of miles away. She’s been a thorn in my side for most of my adult life, although we were OK as kids together. I fear that this Trust thing is about to blow wide open, and I don’t want to be talking with her about it- as I just want my portion, and to be left alone. No one will help us with the Trust because of this cousin anyway! My brother doesn’t want anything to do with her, and she didn’t even come to the funeral. I suspect she knows she’s getting something- as she got really chummy with Mom during those trips, which costs thousands and thousands of dollars. As her daughter, I never went on any trips, as I was busy working, and supporting myself and my daughter as a single parent.
How do I stop communicating with this cousin? What do I say? I don’t want to make it worse, but I can’t imagine that our conversations are going to get easier as this Trust information gets out and in the open. Help!

Mike answers:

This is so sad, You just lost your mother one month ago and your afraid of the vultures swooping in for their take. Unfortunately this happens in families when there is money involved. You haven’t even really had time to mourn the loss of your mother yet. Just think of it like this, If your cousin gets what is left in the will for her that’s all she’s getting. She can never get anything else! Just don’t worry about money that much, Money is the root of all evil and people like that would kill over it. Get a lawyer (someone you can trust) to give her what was left for her and erase her out of your life. Fighting over money only leads to destruction of lives and remember. When you leave this world you can’t take it with you. Some people even go as far as wanting to be buried with all their diamonds and gold on their fingers and body but your soul leaves your body just the way it came in. Good Luck and God Bless!

William asks…

Problems in the Family.?

My mother passed about a month ago. In her ‘Trust” she has put her niece, my cousin, in for 10%, which is a decent sum of money. My brother and I receive the remaining monies split evenly.
Years ago, this cousin went on 5 trips to Europe with my Mother, all expenses paid- even from California, where she lives. We were told that this was ‘in lieu of an inheritance.” Instead, she was working on my Mother, insuring her place in my Mother’s heart and pocketbook forever. My Mother had also been sending her money for years.
This cousin is horrific with money. If she has a $20.00 bill, she spends $40.00 and is angry there isn’t more. She never has any money, and can’t manage a thing.
Now that my mother is gone, the Trustee (person handling the Trust) has decided NOT to do her job. She has resigned. Much of this is because of this cousin part of the Trust, which states she be doled out money 4X/year and ‘as needed,’ but NOT cut a check for the full amount. This same cousin wrote me a horrible letter years ago, telling me that SHE was my mother’s blood daughter and her ‘favorite’ one, and that she was loved over my brother and I both. I didn’t speak to her for years.
Now, we are stalled on the Trust. No one will do it, and if my brother and I have to go to court to become appointed Trustees, or, if the attorney is apppointed Trustee, this same cousin has to approve of our choice. This is because she is IN the Trust. My brother fears that this cousin will demand MORE than her share, slow us all down to the point of non-movement, and cost us more money.
I want to cut contact with this cousin- again- and haven’t told her about the Trust. She may assume she’s got something coming, but I haven’t directly spoken with her about it. Neither has my brother. We are kind of afraid of her really. She and her man are money-grubbers, and as I mentioned, always in a crisis with credit cards and other problems. IN fact they inherited quite a sum from his aunt 3 years ago, and are totally broke today. THey have a legal judgement against them for non payment of rent from a landlord, and they bought a motor home/coach to escape their bills. They paid $265,000 for this coach.
I don’t know what to say to this cousin, and how to break it off with her again? We mostly email and she’s thousands of miles away. She’s been a thorn in my side for most of my adult life, although we were OK as kids together. I fear that this Trust thing is about to blow wide open, and I don’t want to be talking with her about it- as I just want my portion, and to be left alone. No one will help us with the Trust because of this cousin anyway! My brother doesn’t want anything to do with her, and she didn’t even come to the funeral. I suspect she knows she’s getting something- as she got really chummy with Mom during those trips, which costs thousands and thousands of dollars. As her daughter, I never went on any trips, as I was busy working, and supporting myself and my daughter as a single parent.
How do I stop communicating with this cousin? What do I say? I don’t want to make it worse, but I can’t imagine that our conversations are going to get easier as this Trust information gets out and in the open?

Mike answers:

Do you have a father? If so talk to him..if not why don’t you go to a counselor or therapist just to talk about that I’m sure they can help and you can get all your feelings out to..i am so sorry about your loss i feel so bad for you! And your cousin deserves nothing! What a horrible person i know shes your cousin but she sounds just so awful! Again i am so sorry for your loss

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