Thursday 26 April 2007

Si Wolf - the final chapter

We finally received our security deposit. But I'm not doing a jiggy here out of jubilation. Instead I'm fuming here due to irritation. (Oh diba nag-rhyme... hehe). Ask me, come on ask me how much we got back, how much that Wolf returned. From the 26k she deducted 9,931.11! Below are the expenses that she claimed we should pay:

449.75 ---> toilet fixture
139.75 ---> bulbs
600.00 ---> plumber fee
3000.00 ---> general cleaning
500.00 ---> aircon cleaning
450.00 ---> alignment of cabinets
2500.00 ---> window panel (replacement of 2 windows)
1124.61 ---> Water bill
1267.00 ---> Transportation

Okay lang yung she had the toilet fixed or the bulbs replaced. We can even bitterly accept the aircon cleaning knowing that it's her responsibility to maintain her unit, not ours. But 3k for general cleaning?! And why do we have to pay for that damn window panels?!? And what the hell is this transportation charge?!? I have this suspicion that she's just looking for reasons to deduct at least 10k. I admit, she's really creative.

I told her that we don't have to pay for the windows because those were already defective even before we rented the place. Di talaga sya sumasara. She argued that it's our fault why we didn't report that, so she has the right to charge us for the repair. I then asked about what the transportation charge means. She reasoned it's for the transportation expenses of her secretary who had to commute from ParaƱaque to see me or to oversee the unit while being cleaned and repaired. Napareact ako na, heller? 1k?! Bakit naman ganun kamahal? Sabi nya maraming beses daw nakipagkita secretary nya sa akin... grabe kasalanan ko pa! The best ka talaga Wolf! Wala akong masabi. Speechless. :-|

I just met up with the secretary to get what's left of OUR MONEY. When she gave me the check she timidly told me that we should count ourselves lucky that Wolf returned some amount. So it must be her practice not to return her tenant's security deposit?

Okay we can contest this. Ask a lawyer and sue her. But nah, that will be too much of a hassle. And besides, I don't want to deal with her ever again. I hope our paths will never cross again. Hate ko talaga sya! Ah bahala sya. There's such thing as karma anyway. But somehow I pity her because her greed for money will soon consume her and in the end she'll lose track of the things that are really important in life. If that's already happening to her, no surprise there.

Lessons learned out of this experience? Before you rent a place, document in writing or better, snap some pictures of that unit. Scrutinize the contract and make sure you understand every detail before you agree to affix your precioussssss signature. Then, ask a notarized copy of the contract. Ask receipts for every amount you gave - security deposit, advance payments etc. It's better to be extra careful than sorry so you'll be prepared if you'll find out that your unit owner is another Wolf (or the Wolf herself). Oh well, I'm just relieved that finally I don't have to contact her again. So relieved I smiled when I deleted her number from my phone contacts.

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