..been awake since 4am, with all this "stuff" on my mind. The really sad part, is that it is not primarily thoughts about family. We went to "serve" one of the former tenants yesterday. I went to his place of work (we don't know where they live now) and handed him the notice. He did not take it, so I dropped it at his feet and said "you've been served" This is what the tenancy board told us to do. This was followed by a phone call by his grand-father last night. I should not have let wifey answer the phone. It just made both of us very upset. Wifey had spoken to him some months back and had a very good conversation with him. We did not expect the type of reaction we got from him. We have our hearing on Sept 11th. We are hoping for the best, in that, the Tenancy officer will award us the money we have lost in restoring the rental property.
Here are a few pictures of nearly 200 pictures of the mess/damage they left behind:
Con, several friends have suggested I rent out a room in my house to help me out in my unemployed "golden years" (somewhat tarnished, they are!) and these photos perfectly express why I am reluctant to do so. Best of luck to you.
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Con, really sorry you and your wife are going through this. There's something you can try when your mind gets stuck on stressful issues. It may sound overly simplistic, but it really does seem to help. Every night before you go to bed, write down the things you're worried or stressed about. Try to only allow yourself to think of those things during the 10 or 15 minutes that you're writing them down. When you get up in the morning, tear up your list and throw it away. Keep doing this and the idea is that, eventually, your list will shrink and you'll find yourself devoting less time to it, not to mention getting better sleep!
“It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees:
Thanks again everyone! We are much more savvy now and went through an agency. The new people seem very good. They even want to replace the carpet on the stairs and master bedroom a their expense, which was the only thing we did not change.
I'll try your advice Catch-Up. I fact, I'll mention it to my sister. She is not able to sleep anymore, without medication.
Bouncy, depending on how this goes, I will make sure that I plaster their names and the photos all over the internet. I will do my best to ensure that nobody else will rent to them. They can go back and live with their mommy, for all I care. I'm pretty sure a website like this already exists, but I have not looked into it.