Well, that young boy we tried to help out? It did not work out. Lesson to be learned here, I suppose. When someone tells you that they've been living in a tent, this means that they've probably made some poor decisions. He was a compulsive liar, blatently disrespectful of the other tenants and any rules. He was a video game addict with little ambition.
We've never evicted a tenant before, but he was a security issue, and we were concerned. Evictions can take a while, and he simply stopped paying rent as soon as he knew he was evicted. We had every landlord's worst fear. Tim is a follower of Dave Ramsey's radio show. He told the boy, "We'll pay you $200 if you are out by this weekend." The decision flies in the face of all that is fair and reasonable, doesn't it? But the benefits were that he was out by this weekend, he did not damage the apartment, (we were worried about that) and that we saved a bundle on legal fees too. Since he had stopped paying rent, we stood to lose much, much more.
Valuable life lesson learned. If a person is in a dire situation, look at them closely. You may see why.
Tim and I have both talked about this. We will never again take in a tenant because we feel sorry for him. Bob B? Yep. You can say, 'I told you so.' *waits humbly*