My step daughter (21), and her boyfriend left the apartment we rented them a huge mess.. I can't open the door without the smell hitting me in the face.. 2 dogs, 1 cat.. they never cleaned up after them, nor let them out. Now the carpet and the new kitchen floor needs ripped up. they lived there for 8 months, and for most of that time her boyfriend was not working. We tried asking them to come back to help clean up, but they have said no... So now what?
We own the apartment.. We bought a house that is two apartments, we live in one and rent out the other one to earn a little money to help us with our bills.. This is only temporary until we complete renovations at the farm my inlaws own, so that we can move there and help my FIL & MIL run the farm. Last year my SD came to us looking to rent out the apartment, with promises to help us with the kids & house so that we can move. They were hoping to take over the apartments when we moved out (which we were more then happy to give them, as a nice start in life) We said yes, and put our life on hold to ready the apartment for them (it needed some TLC, and we gave it, even though it meant not working on the other house) They did not help us ready the apartment and ended up moving in before we said we were ready, promising they would finish it. We gave them a super deal, $400 all included even internet, so that my SD could save for school.
The problems started within the first week... I was in my kitchen and could hear this horrible sound (like a howl & cry combined) every time i walked over a certain spot. My lil'uns were concerned about it.. it scared them. So i messaged them to see if their dog was home & ok. No response. When my other half came home a little while later, i asked him to see if he could get a hold of them, to tell them their dog seems in trouble and would it be alright if we checked on it. No response. He heard the sound and went to check on it (it was killing me) He found two dogs in one tiny cage.. One big dog (pitbull/lab mix) and one tiny yorkie trapped in a cage that was too small for the big dog (it couldn't stand up or turn around). They had left that morning at 7am. They came home at 11pm. I am an animal lover.. I had to say something. I told them it wasn't acceptable to lock two dogs in one small cage. They said they did it because the big dog chews everything, and pees everywhere. I told them, I would too if my parents locked me away from 7am-11pm. I explained that the dog wasn't the problem, that their problems would be solved if they walked the dog before they left and when they came home. My SD told me it was her BF's dog and she was having a hard time convincing him to do that. We reached an agreement that they wouldn't lock the dog up for that long, nor in a cage too small with the other dog, and they would start walking it. I said they could call if they were going to be late and i would let the dog out for them.
The next day i heard the noise again. I went to check. Yep two dogs.. one cage.. way too small. I took the dogs. I waited till the boyfriend came home, and told him if it happens one more time, the dog will be gone when he gets home. He told me to F-off. Nice guy... he went out and got a bigger cage that day.
I kept trying to hammer in his head (leaving SD out of it) that he really needed to walk the dog, and not keep it locked in the house for that long of a time...So he tied it to a my clothesline, and left for the day. It was winter and i wasn't using it i guess he figured. I found out b/c i heard a strange gargling sound while shoveling off my deck. It was his dog, near death from strangling itself. I ran over let it go, and brought it in the house. And then i messaged SD's BF. I told him it wasn't acceptable to tie a dog up outside then leave for the day. I told him his dog almost died, and he was very lucky i decided to shovel my deck. Again, i was told to F-off.. This time i lost it. (and am very ashamed but he pushed a button, i exploded) I gave him a few choice words about his attitude, and lack of respect, and told him "either the dog goes or you do"
My SD came to apologize for her BF (he still hides from me) and started walking the dog. Dec. BF lost his job. Yet SD still walked the dogs, and even shoveled the driveway (I'm really not quite sure what he did, but he never left the apartment) even though she was working long hours to cover their bills. (it was at this time we discovered that she was giving us $300 not $400 for rent, handing us cash hoping we wouldn't count it, but we let it slide b/c BF wasn't working) I stopped talking about the dog at this point also, as he was home and i assumed he was being responsible for it.
This continued till they moved out..probably b/c of the smell. They weren't planning on telling us they were moving, we found out thanks to a future landlord calling to ask us for references. Rent has never been on time or without asking, And all the promises have gone to the wayside.
I am gutted at the state of the apartment. He was home!! I've potty trained two lil'uns, and 4 puppies in the time they lived there.. My house doesn't smell that bad.nor is that dirty.. It gets worse..We had hooked up an Air Exchanger in the beginning to help SD with her allergies.. BF had beat the switches off at some point.
We do not have the money or time to fix it. We had hoped to rent it out again, but the money we would have to put into it is beyond our means. We were struggling as it was, trying to renovate, move, and start our farm. I'm at a loss at what to do.. How do i get out of this hole? We threw them a rope, and they pulled us in, instead of climbing out. The stress of the house and the farm was enough to put Papa & I into MC.. at our last appointment, she told us not to take anymore on b/c the stress is killing our relationship.. And now we have this to deal with. What Would You Do?
Sorry for the book.. I am so lost in this situation...