In case you haven’t read Part One… it’s here: I understood the "Why" until you crossed the line: Landlord Part One
This morning he finally called. I was upstairs getting the little ones settled so the big girls could do school and I missed his call. Doodlebug did not. She heard it and watched his name appear on the caller ID. She knew better than to answer it. When I came downstairs I was met with squealing “he called! he called! he has decided!!”
I shushed them and tried to call him back. I had decided to just assume he wasn’t personally offended by me or my lifestyle. Maybe he was just a grumpy old man who couldn’t find anything better to complain about. You know the ones, they grumble over their ice cream if it’s too cold, or their coffee for being too hot.
He made yet another comment about how much stuff we had in the house. I reminded him there are six of us, with 900 sq feet of living space, we homeschool, I make things from home to sell, we each have hobbies. That is when he started to tell me about his daughter who has four kids and not….. he let that sentence trail off. Probably the best move he made all morning.
Then he started in with “You know, a dog would be LISA’S dog right? Kids don’t keep up with things like this. It’ll be YOUR dog to take care of.”
I casually walked to the garage where my daughter couldn’t hear me respond by reminding him that I was almost 40 years old and I have HAD pets until I moved in here and then I reminded him that I was not asking to have a dog because I felt some strange urge to replace our old dog. I was asking to have a dog because the doctor recommended it for our older children to help with their anxiety issues.
He mentioned that we had offered to pay an additional pet deposit, which we did offer to do, and he asked what amount did we have in mind. Honestly, I didn’t have one. Some places we had looked into had a $250 deposit, but those were apartments. He said that IF he recalled correctly, the realtor that handles his leases usually charges a full months rent as a pet deposit (not that he offers it anymore).
My response: I don’t need a dog that bad. That is $800. Plus the cost to adopt a dog. Plus dog food and vets and collars and leashes. If I could get $800 saved up I’d use it to RENT A NEW HOUSE.
I told him I didn’t have $800 to put to an additional deposit. I said if he was going to require that, then it would be a while before we could get a dog because we would have to save up to pay it.
His reply: If you had been saving since the first time you asked me you’d have the deposit.
The call ended with him saying he’d call the realtor to ask what the going pet deposit rate was and that he’d call back in a few days.
I’ll be hiding in the nearest closet trying not to scream at people.