- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
Ok, so here it goes…
I own a 3 bedroom condo, and rent out the other 2 rooms. I needed a new roommate to move in for September, but I was leaving on vacation on August 30th so I got into a bit of a time crunch. I found a roommate on Craigslist (I hate using it for this kind of thing but it was a last resort) and she was planning on moving in on August 31st.
Knowing I couldn’t be there when she moved in, I wrote her a “Welcome Letter” and texted her to let her know that I wouldn’t be there but I left the letter and a key to the front gate in an envelope in her room.
In that letter, I stated the house rules of the condo and general rules of the gated community we live in. Included in that letter was to NOT park in parking spaces within the community that are labeled “Visitor’s Parking” between the hours of 2 and 5 am otherwise the car will be towed.
Long story short, she didn’t read the letter and her car got towed the first night she moved in. I got an angry email stating that I should repay her $340 for the towing/impound fees plus the 2 hours of pay she lost when she had to be late for work since she was dealing with the towing situation.
Her reasons for me paying are:
- I told her to park in that space when she was first looking at the room (even though using that space during the day is a non-issue, it’s only inbetween 2-5 am that cars will be towed)
- There is no light in the bedroom (this is true, however, there are lights in the bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living rooms soo ya)
- There were no signs posted in the Visitor’s Parking slot and she’s not familiar with the area
- I didn’t verbally tell her that she couldn’t park there prior to moving in
This is her last email to me (before I stopped responding, because I said since I wrote her the letter and let her know about the letter BEFORE she moved in that there is nothing I could do).
NOTE- I didn’t change capitalization, bolding, etc. of the email, this is exactly how she wrote it
So I stopped responding because I was on VACATION and she was basically telling me the same things over and over. Now, I received a text from her stating that she wants to set up a time so that we can “discuss our living arrangements”.
WHAT DO I DO? How do I deal with this situation without causing even more irritation on both sides? (Side note-she signed a 6 month lease when she moved in soo I’m not sure what she wants to discuss about “living arrangements”) PLEASE HELP ME!