Post # 1
I rented a hall that is basically DIY. So my deposit was due last year. I paid it. $300.
My balace was due in early July. I mailed the check, but it was never cashed. I called in late July or early August to check on it. They said they thought that they’d recieved it, but hadn’t gotten around to cashing it….$725 – That’s a lot to leave laying around.
I had to pay the hall seperately for rental items (chairs, tables, etc). This check was due in August and also mailed to the same address. $240. This check was cashed.
During the wedding and reception we had several problems with the venue including:
1. It was FILTY and we had to clean it ourselves
2. We ran out of paper towel in the bathroom (it was supposed to be supplied and the manager did not answer our phone calls)
3. The manager was supposed to be available if we had issues (didn’t answer calls)!
4. The air conditioning wasn’t working very well… it got hot (and we were promised otherwise)
It is now SEPTEMBER and my wedding was August 18. I get a returned envelope in the mail yesterday. It is post-dated “July 2” stamped right on it from the post office. Are you kidding me????
Do I keep the check? The venue already got some of my money, and I’m figuring that they won’t give me my deposit back anyway (they are so unorganized). I already tried to confirm that the check had made it. And I was already prepared to try to get some money back for the inconvienence of having to CLEAN the hall ourselves (there was tons of dirt on the floor, toilet paper on the floor in the bathrooms and someone else’s wedding decor in boxes in the kitchen, windows had cobwebs, etc).
I don’t want to be dishonest but I also feel like the venue didn’t exactly try to uphold their end of the agreement.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t say anything unless they contact you about it.
Post # 4
I’d wait until they ask 🙂
Post # 5
Agreed, I’d probably ignore it unless they called, and then say you had mailed it, followed up, and gotten told that they had received it but not cashed it.
Post # 6
I’d wait until they ask 🙂 you have the upper hand at the moment. If they say nothing then keep your cash, if they ask you to pay, then do so, but leave a bad review
Post # 7
I’m with the pp. Wait until they ask and then tell them that you had mailed it. I would hold on to the returned envelope as proof though. If they havent returned your deposit by then, you can subtract that and send them the rest.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I was planning to keep the check and the envelope as proof in the event that they gave me any trouble.
Post # 9
Here we are about two months later and they haven’t contacted me. Maybe I lucked out on this one, or they realized they did a terrible job. I haven’t gotten my deposit back either, but I’d rather be in this position anyway!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Maybe somebody marked that you did pay even though they never received it. Who knows? Keep the proof for just in case it becomes an issue but I agree with PPs, wait for them to contact you about it. Based on the issues that you had withy our wedding it sounds like they have an issue with organization anyway and they will probably not figure it out for a while if at all. Depends on whether they run an audit at the end of the year.
Post # 11
I would keep the enveloppe and cheque for proof that it was sent but returned to you for some odd reason. The other cheque that was sent to the same address got cashed. Do you have a bank that gives you a copy of the cashed cheque so you have proof of who cashed it?Then keep those two together in a safe place and if they contact you about it, show them the cashed cheque along with the returned enveloppe and uncashed one. Then ask them what they would like for you to do with the uncashed cheque. You can speak then about the deposit and how their end of the bargain wasn’t met, and suggest that they refund you the deposit plus the time of cleaning up and no-air conditioning, unavailability when called etc…
Post # 12
Happyface, keeping a copy of the cleared check is an excellent idea. I know my bank keeps it online, I just have to check and see how far back they will let me print it since the deposit was over a year ago.