Bellevue apartment tenant warns of dropbox rent receipt stolen
BELLEVUE, Nebraska (Nebraska) — After two years in the same apartment in Bellevue Gardens, Jody Wilson was electrocuted on her door.
“I’m being kicked out of the house where I live because I can’t afford it because I paid the rent,” renter Jody Wilson said. “Why do I have to pay rent twice?”
Jody says she has always paid her rent in full and on time by bank check, and last September was no exception.
The middle of the working day, and the commandant’s office is locked. The tenants say he’s here three days a week, so when he’s away, they rely on the mailbox to pay the rent. The tenants enter the locked laundry room and Jodie says she remembers paying the monthly rent that the landlord claims she owes.
“I put my rent check here in an envelope and put my hand in there to make sure it was paid,” Wilson said.
Bellevue police told 6 News that the apartment complex had reported a break-in at the office. Two tenants filed a claim for rent theft. This tenant did not receive an eviction notice.
“They charged me a late fee forever and I just kept fighting back and they took it off,” Wilson said.
Jody’s son filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and Denizen Management of Indiana responded that several late notices were sent. After four months, the landlord won’t give you more time.
“Everything was done in good faith and everything in accordance with our instructions so that she would not be evicted,” said Zach Owens.
Filing a police check for a stolen check from a landlord’s mailbox may not cover your rent obligations, so the Fair Housing Center recommends getting proof that you paid in this manner.
“Take a video of the check and then actually videotape you tossing it into the bin,” said FHC’s Joe Garcia. This will prove that you put it there.
The management company claims to have given Jodie time to get a refund from her bank, which corroborates the theft report. But a cashier’s check is the same as cash, and when someone signed the back and cashed it, her rent was gone.
“I refuse to pay rent again,” Wilson said. “They lost the check, as I understand it, it’s not my fault.”
In response to the BBB, the landlord says online and cash payment apps are other ways to pay rent. There is a five-day grace period if tenants wish to wait until the manager is at the office.
The tenant’s son told 6 News that the charity Lift Up Sarpy County paid the landlord the amount of the stolen rent check and late fees late tonight. Whether the eviction process will continue is still unknown.
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