It’s a swing state!
We are moving to Ohio. It’s starting to get more real. The Husband is alternately overwhelmed by feelings of excitement and incompetence.
I’m not sure how I feel about Ohio. Or Dayton. The other two Air Force options, Las Vegas or San Antonio, both had so much more vivacity in my mind. Vegas had the gorgeous scenery, close to some family, and someplace that looked fun for a few years. Texas was, to this liberal Yankee, well, Texas, but there was some character. Ohio is so much of a blank slate. It was never even on the radar. Nothing I can say about the area, except, huh. Ohio. No preconceived notions, except maybe boringness? Boringness because I have no idea what is there? The other two probably got a boost in familiarity because they were the locations of The Husband’s away rotations.
I have hope though because everyone I’ve talked to that’s been to Dayton gets really excited about it. So there’s that.
Other thoughts about the AF match: They say they consider MDs and DOs equals, but in my anecdotal evidence (RL friends and FB military med spouse group) all the MD M4s got categorical matches (either AF or sent to civilian match) and all the DO OMS4s were assigned PGY-1 (intern year).
Also, a lot of people don’t seem to realize that they also have to apply to civilian residencies AND PGY-1 years. I saw lots of sturm und drang when people didn’t get a categorical military residency and had applied to neither civilian residencies nor intern years. People, it’s in all the emails! Don’t be daft! The AF even gives you money to apply civilian!
We love our new tenants. Pay the rent on time, replace the porch rug, don’t email us drunken rants…
I got an email from the wife today. They found a house they love and want permission to sublease the house so that they can make an offer. I want to say no because that just sounds like a potential nightmare, but I also don’t want to deal with disgruntled tenants for the next eight months. I like my tenants gruntled.
It feels like a no-win situation.
What would you do? Comments much appreciated.
Well, they finally called today (it took 2 weeks, not 2 days), but they weren’t able to delete The Husbands 2,3,4,5, or 6. She offered to take my application over the phone, but I elected to wait because I’m just giving up until it’s “fixed.”
I went to HealthCare.gov today and logged on, and it worked!
I even connected with the live help! I clicked the Live Chat button and got a real, live person (Susan) within about 30 seconds.
Now, I still haven’t applied because I have 6 husbands and 2 children on the application, instead of the one of each I have in reality, but Susan escalated my application to the Advanced Resolution Center, who should give me a call within two business days. They are the only ones who can delete people apparently. Well, them and the CIA.
Well, it’s been almost a month and all I’ve succeeded in doing is giving myself five husbands. (The site kept freezing and saying it didn’t save, but it did save.) Can’t delete four of them; can’t start over with a new application in the same state. Can’t even access the live chat for help!
In good news, back pay was deposited today.
I’m a little disappointed, but not surprised. Will try again tomorrow.
I will say this though: I’m really glad we make more than 138% of the poverty line, because Virginia’s kind of an ass.
God, I hope Cuccinelli loses the election for so many reasons.
My biggest annoyance about being a landlord yesterday morning (prior to the 13(!!!) dog email)was all the people from Craigslist emailing to ask exactly where the house was located. The address and map are in the ad people!
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Another year, another failed attempt to sell the New Hampshire house. I don’t want to blame it on the tenants, but…
Okay, I totally blame it on the tenants. We put the house back on the market at the beginning of July and they were reasonably* accommodating of people coming to see the house. A few comments filtered back to us that the house kind of smelled like dog and turned buyers off. We were disappointed, but we knew going into it that they had two (2) dogs.** C’est la vie.
Two months went by and interest died down, so we decided we would rent it out again. There are not many single family homes for rent in the area so we knew it would be scooped up quickly, just like last year. I posted an ad on Craigslist*** and, as predicted, got a huge response. I forwarded the showing requests to our real estate agent (REA for short) and waited. Nothing happened. Last year, we had it rented in less than a week. I emailed the REA and he said the tenants weren’t allowing any showings at all, despite their refusal being in violation of the lease agreement.
At the same time, the tenants were having their own hissy fit about the security deposit. They wanted the check in their hands at the walk-through, not mailed later, which is the norm. I acquiesced to their bullying in hopes they would allow some showings (I am not proud of this). After that and the REA’s reminder that they were in violation of the lease, they allowed people to come view on Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. while they sat in the driveway and glared at everyone.
It was at this time that our REA discovered the real reason they were not allowing any showings of the house. There were not two (2) dogs in the house; there were THIRTEEN (13).
Thirteen effing dogs.
Eleven dogs over the allowed amount, in (major!) violation of the lease agreement. Breeding puppies and running a business out of the house, in violation of the lease agreement (I have the online advertisement as evidence). They’re not even allowed to have yard sales without our prior written permission! There may even be a cat living there, in violation of the lease agreement. I’m not positive about that one. Her ad mentioned the puppies were socialized with a cat, but who knows what that means.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
I spoke to our lawyer,**** but we don’t have much recourse. We could theoretically evict them, but there’s no point with them moving out in two weeks. Good riddance. In hindsight, we should have evicted them last winter over the repeated late rent payments. It would have saved us so much trouble!
However, the tenants are not getting their security deposit the day of the walk-through. Our lawyer said that was a supremely stupid idea (she said it much more nicely) but they had no right to it for 30 days after the lease was up, and that there would probably be deductions since 13 dogs would likely have more damage than “normal wear and tear.” I still need to let the tenants know they won’t be getting it the day of the walk-through (they probably thought we’d never find out about the 13(!!!!) dogs), but I’m holding off a few days until we hopefully get a new lease signed, because I’m pretty sure showings will be cut off (in violation of the lease agreement)***** in retaliation.
*It’s all relative. They “allowed” it, but they didn’t make it easy.
** FWIW, we never got that complaint when we were showing it during the first attempt to sell, and we have a large dog and two cats. I wondered, “do they not groom their dogs? Heck, spend $3 on some Febreeze if it’s that bad!”
*** Why did I have to so it? Because when the cat’s away, the mice will play apparently. The REA never posted it for rent as far as I can tell. Last year if you asked me for a recommendation for a SoNH real estate agent, I would have recommended him enthusiastically. This year, not so much.
**** “Our lawyer.” Makes me sound so…adulty.
***** I’ve typed that so much I think it’s lost all meaning. But seriously, these people have absolutely no integrity and their signature isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on.