You can read about Part 1 of my Arbutus MD tenants from hell here.
The next morning I woke up early and headed over to the Baltimore County Rent Court. When I got to the front of the line they handed me a Failure to Pay Rent form. I filled it out and handed it back to the clerk. Next was the long wait until our scheduled court date. During that long wait I kept dreaming about getting rid of the property. Honestly, at this point I don’t even want anything out of it, I just no longer want to deal with the hassle of owning real estate in Arbutus.
Finally the letter came in the mail. I would be reporting to the courtroom the next Friday. I arrived that Friday in a suit with all my documentation on the property. I was embarrassed to be in this situation and felt as the the other people in the room were judging me. Luckily when my time can my renters hadn’t shown up. The judge awarded the case in my favor and gave me a document that would allow me to schedule a sheriff eviction. I had to wait 10 days but I didn’t care. This nightmare of being a landlord was finally coming to an end.
I showed up at the day of the eviction with the sheriff. I was surprised to see that the tenants weren’t prepared at all. The sheriff gave them 10 minutes to gather their things and he escorted them off the property. I changed the locks and turned around to see all the junk they had left behind. It was going to be a long day. My two nephews pulled onto the street a few moments later and we began dumping everything into the dumpster I had ordered the day before. After the house was cleared I noticed all the damage done to the property. There were holes in the walls, scratched up cabinets, and a warped vanity from wet towels that had be left on it overnight. I was not in the mindset to deal with those problems so I left them for another day.
It’s tough to admit when you’re wrong. In this case I was overly confident. You always see the people on HGTV having a great time and experiencing tons of success. I can tell you firsthand that it’s not that easy. If there’s one thing I learned, it’s to leave this real estate stuff to the professionals.