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{October 24, 2019}   I Almost Cried

Yesterday after the awards at the school I left and I went and paid the water bill and the internet bill. I paid them both down to $0. I still have the light bill to pay on next week but when I do it will also be paid down to $0 balance.  The water bill was late the light bill will be on time. On time and paid in full!

I know that probably don’t sound like a lot to you all or your saying yeah so lots of people do that all the time or what. But for me that is a big deal and to know that I did it on my own, without having to borrow, or use my tax money, or money I got from here or there it huge.

In the last 7 years me and the kids were homeless two years in a row for Christmas. We got into this place March of 2014. Although we have had a place it has been a struggle to keep it and keep bills paid. Much less other things we need. I have worked two and three jobs at a time and just staying a step ahead from sinking. Get a step or so ahead or think I was and get knocked back down.

I don’t think I have had a $0 balance on my bills since I started services there 4.5 years ago. Other than if I got my tax money and was able to pay them up and then they were up there again in a month or two because I wan’t making enough to pay them off each month. I would shuffle money around to keep things going. Final notices got paid and everything else got shuffled until the magic letter came in the mail. Then I would have to borrow to get keep them going at times or we would do without other things or scrape by.

I was so happy and excited I almost cried when I paid the water bill it showed a $0 balance. It is so discouraging to pay it have them hand you the receipt and it have a balance on it over $100 and you just handed them $200 or more.

Needless to say my excitement quickly faded when I got to work and oldest messaged me and said oh did you get the note that was on the door yesterday?

I had no idea what she was talking about she sent me a picture it is a three day notice to pay or get out. I owe them $400 for “repairs” Because I have to pay $75 every time they have to send someone out. 99% of the time it is for the plumbing that they have been told over and over has a busted pipe. But they will not pay someone to check it out. They say I have to do that. I don’t have the money. So when it won’t drain at all I have to do something I call them they send their man he cleans the line and it drains for a bit and we do it over. If I have the money i pay it and when I don’t it sits there. Rent is paid on time every month has been for a while because it is the one thing I have no play with when it gets paid why everything else gets shuffled around. They can’t put me out over anything other than rent but they I guess took my rent money and put it on my fee’s so it shows I am behind on my rent. Since I paid by their card not a check or money order there isn’t much I can do about it. If I pay by check or money order and write for rent they can’t use it for anything else. Since it is on the card they can do what they want because it isn’t marked. But I have always done it like that and if it was paid on the first they just took it as rent. I have been paying $75, $25 a $100 extra a month but I don’t have it all I talked to them and that was fine because I gave them a chunk upfront. But then I had to call them since and they have a hair in their ass about something they did this and didn’t even say they were changing things up or nothing just come stick a note on the door. Now i am trying to figure out how to pay it before TOMORROW. If I had known I could of probably waited to pay those bills had a chunk of it now I paid them I don’t have any of it. If I get paid tomorrow that is food money and lights. I was going to ask my boss at my night job but he is out of town until Tuesday so that don’t help. I can probably get by until Monday but after that I will be in Trouble they will be back Monday if I don’t pay it that morning. Then it will cost more they add fee every time they have to come out there or what. I don’t know what I am going to do. Even if I worked doing pizza’s this weekend I won’t make near that much. I don’t know who else to ask to borrow it.

I am probably going to have to pawn my guns and then I am going to be in that cycle that I can’t get out of for a while end up costing me a ton of money in the end. I was feeling so good and so accomplished. That I was making progress, real progress I was going to have all the bills paid up and then be able to pay that $400 up. But it was costing me more to not pay the bills up first vs paying the rent up and I had made arrangments and was making payments. I was going to start paying extra to pay it up faster since I had bills paid up and wasn’t paying so much on them and late fee’s. I will work it out but I don’t know how and it feel knocked down and defeated again and like all my work was for nothing if I can’t come up with this last little $400.



dawnautom says:

They can’t kick you out with out giving you a 30 day notice, even if you pay your rent with a credit card they can’t put that money were ever they want to you can use your card receipt as proof of paying your rent, any major repairs are the responsibility of the house owner not the tenant unless stated otherwise in the rental agreement so they can’t be charging you for a half ass fix to their problem, if I wear you I would find a layer to talk to.

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Yeah I know I paid with a paynear me card they give you. I take it to the little store and they put the money on it and send it to them. Keeps me from having to get money order or what and driving over there to put it in their box. My lease says I have to pay the first $75 of any repairs and if it is plumbing unless I can prove it wasn’t my fault then I have to pay for all of it. Since I don’t have money to put a camera down the drains and prove it is their fault they won’t fix it. I don’t have that money. I call they send the guy he unclogs it for however long it last then I have to call again. The fee just sits there until I can pay it. I know I can fight it but right now I can’t afford to move or get thrown out or them not to renew my lease in a few months when it comes up. If I move from there my rent will go up a few $100 I will down size the size of the house I have and be in a not so great part of town. So I just bit my tounge and play their game. But I am keeping records of all of it and plan to do something about it and sue for my money back on all the pluming fee’s that I have paid why I am there when I leave. Right now I have to do what I have to do to keep the kids in a house.



dawnautom says:

I can understand that, it’s good you’re keeping records of it all because that is definitely froud.

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dawnautom says:

I was thinking last night about a old plumers trick that may work for you, poor boiling hot water a gallon or more at one time down and kitchen sink and in the showers ones a week it may help keep the drain open.

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I’ve tried it pots full down all the drains at at same time with soap without, drain cleaner. I am sure it has to be a busted line. If pipes are closed there should be very little to no dirt/sand come up and I have a bunch of dirt/sand coming up. Thanks for trying to help. I have never had pipes clogged like this even on septic. Everyone says oh the kids but that isnt it. I had 10 kids in a house at a time for months not had one drain stopped up this has been on going issue since I moved in 5 years ago started right away.



dawnautom says:

WWW that’s bad if you’re getting sand washing back up in the drains, better watch were you step in the yard you could fall into a sink hole it doesn’t take much to wash the ground out here in FL.

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Oh lord I hadn’t even thought of that. I hope not. Guess then they can’t say it isn’t a drain problem and I need to get a plumber.



dawnautom says:

Then you can sue them for neglagenc on top of fraud and probably a few other things as well.

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