Homes and Property
"I threw my landlord out"
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 00:00
Tenant experience: James Kazibwe 39-year-old tenant in Najjanankumbi
I have been a tenant in this two bedroomed, self-contained house for close to five years. But two years into my tenancy, the landlord came and knocked at my door on a Saturday morning.
He greeted me nicely and asked if he could come in, I was surprised but yes, I let him in. While inside, he told me that he wanted to see the condition of the house. I said it was okay because I thought he knew his limits which were the sitting room and kitchen.
However after touring these two, he started heading towards my bedroom. I would have let him go there if I was still a bachelor. But no, I am a married man and there was no way I was going to let him enter my bedroom.
I stopped him politely and demanded that he does not go into the bedrooms. He asked me why he could not, I explained but it appears he was not ready to listen. However, since I had no rent arrears, I stood in his way and asked my wife to open the door for him so that he could leave the house.
He started shouting at the top of his voice how I was throwing him out of his own house but I was not going to yield to his tantrums. After shouting for almost ten minutes with us just looking at him, he walked out of our house cursing and assuring us how he was going to evict us at the end of the month. But I think he is still mastering the courage to do it because we are still living in the same house three years down the road.
Land lord’s experience: Janet Kalibaala Makindye
I have five rentals; three have a single bedroom while the other two have three bedrooms. In 2006, a certain family rented one of the big houses. Before they entered, they paid three month in advance.
However, when these months elapsed, it appears they could not raise the rent anymore. When the fourth month started, the man came and begged me to be patient with him. Being an old woman who knows how hard it can be to get money, I agreed.
However, a month passed by, we even went into the second and third month without him paying. I was mad but I also felt sorry for him especially his children and his stay home wife so whenever he came to me with excuses I would listen.
But I think because of this he decided to take me for granted. One of the indicators was that his children were in nice schools and I never saw them home a sign that they had been sent back for fees.
I used to grumble but never approached him until someone came looking for a house that contained everything in the rental he was occupying. I went and told him that he had to vacate my house in three weeks because I had promised the other person, that the house will be vacant in 21 days.
I think he thought I was lying. So on the 21sy day at around 2p.m, I brought a carpenter, ordered him to remove both the front and back door to the house plus one of the garage doors.
I do not know where he got the money from but at 6p.m he came with a lorry, packed his property and left. While he had cheated me four months of rent and had not paid his electricity bill for all the time he was in the house, I was very relieved that I had gotten rid of him.