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True Story. Landlord Has Bad Tenant, Not Paying, Needing Eviction. Used Chainsaw.

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Don't try this at home kids.  Actually, don't ever try this method to remove a bad, non paying / high damage tenant. 

A home owner decided they were not going to wait for the process of eviction to be served and the slow wheels of justice to turn.  The renter had taunted him with "you can't get me out for months...I have rights and know them and do this move in, don't pay dog and pony show each year." This renter helped produce the video on "How To Park In A Property, Never Pay Rent And Then Watch Owner Waste Months Trying To Get Me Out".  This owner after being told by renter they were not going to move without deputies serving them and dragging their personal belongings out to the curb, calmly went to his shed to locate the chainsaw.  He put the choke partially on, went to the property with the arrogant non paying tenant that was trashing his house. 

He knocked on the door, went into the kitchen carrying the chainsaw and when inside, started it.  The put put put got everyone in the home's attention.

The choke caused lots of blue smoke to fill the premises.  The noise was deafening inside a home. And thoughts of the movie trailers in your head from horror flicks involving chainsaws help cause heart beats to race as well.  The landlord shouted he was going to do a little remodeling, and not to worry, it would not take long. 

He tramped down to the cellar, cut an electrical cable somehow avoiding a shock to himself.  It was late afternoon when it was getting dark, so suddenly the house goes dark.  He shuts off chainsaw, tramps up the cellar stairs and say "whoops...got to run to the hardware store for an electrical coupler...got a little too close to the power supply with a little work I was doing down there.  Be back in a hour..and have some other ideas for a skylight over your bed upstairs..." and then leaves. He stayed away the afternoon and when he returned the tenant was gone.

Highly illegal, really something a judge could consider threatening with a chainsaw. 

I asked him what possessed him to go to such extremes and did he know you can go to jail for that? He said at the time, he did not care about jail.  He had chased them for rent, they had trashed the place and were letting garbage pile up.  They had kids that were destructive and ruining the home and he would not have had much home left if they were still there two months from now...the time eaten up with eviction notice service and court date for force-able entry and removal operation.  He had lost income, was going to have to repair the whole home and was not spending another cent on attorney or delay in getting them out of the place.  Do not try this process for the tenant home eviction.  Just think if it had escalated to a fight with one party wielding a chainsaw and also kids there watching the show. Would you be a good landlord or a good tenant in the real estate game of life ?

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Comment balloon 12 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • March 28 2008 10:52AM

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...and this is why I'm not a landlord.  Creative solution, though.
Posted by Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor (5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI) over 12 years ago
Worked but could have ended the landlord in jail!
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago

Crazy. Very risky, but effective.  I can understand the landlord's frustration, especially after the tennant admitted he was doing all that on purpose. 

Posted by Nobody Here (Cold) over 12 years ago
Low tech, high concept.  He was taunting him.
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago

I like it!

He actually was not threatening anyone. He said: "whoops...got to run to the hardware store for an electrical coupler...got a little too close to the power supply with a little work I was doing down there.  Be back in a hour..and have some other ideas for a skylight over your bed upstairs..." He was just being smarter than the dirt bag renter. If you have ever been a land lord I can feel his pain. I would not do it but he got the desired result.

Posted by Jason & Deanna over 12 years ago
This was pretty risky but apparently worked.
Posted by Martha Boutwell (Tiger Town Realty) over 12 years ago
He was successful.  They vamoosed! 
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago
He was successful.  They vamoosed! 
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago
As a landlord WOOHOO!! I hope that in your State he is OK. These graohic words to post are getting wierd by the tick." zubrovka"????
Posted by Keith Perry, REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago
Sounds like a Vodka...Russian perhaps?
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago

l think the man is right !the bad tenant need this .l like it,vevy good!

Posted by rose almost 12 years ago

I love it. I tell ya, thoughts like that have crossed my mind too. The problem is, in this area, tenants are treated like gold and landlords like scum. I would be in jail so fast. I have been trying to get a non-payer out (legally) since November 4th, 2008. The Sheriff's dept. is the hold up. I went throught the whole process, notice, waiting 10 days, Summary Ejection, wait 2 weeks for court date, court, wait another 10 days then orderd the writ of possession to be executed on Nov. 17th...dead stop. I am told that the Sheriff's office is busy.

Posted by Charles Odom (Positive Properties LLC) over 11 years ago

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