For a while I have been hearing tales of tenants moving “furniture in the middle of the night”--- loud banging and scraping, thumping and crunching. The subject property is an old 1929 Spanish house, with a common laundry room beside a 1 BR apt in the rear. The 2 properties share a small common wall. Inquiries to the offending tenants brought up only dismay and disbelief----no one could figure out WHAT/WHO was making the noise.
I recently moved into the 1929 Spanish house and there is a new tenant in the rear 1 BR. After a few nights, I heard the banging, creaking floors and unbelievably loud ruckus-----all the floors are original hardwoods over a raised foundation. My mind raced to thoughts of ghosts and gremlins lurking in the dark underbelly of this historic house, ready to come up through the floor boards and make me repent for my sins!!!
After several sleepless nights, I opened my front door at 2:00 a.m. to find a black cat sitting placidly on the retaining wall of my front garden. Hmmmmmmm, I thought---if EVER I saw a guilty look on a cat's face, that is IT. I closed the door thinking---OK you just got a 3 day notice to quit the premises.
It really wasn't the cat I heard but the noise of moving pipes, debris, rocks and cable wires---or whatever is located under my house---scarey, right? But too late-----YOU don't pay the mortgage, or even help with the utilities.......................you're out.
We secured the framed screens around all the crawl space openings and we found a small opening that had no wire mesh on it at all. Sealed that one up too. I know what you're thinking: WHAT IF you sealed the cat inside, then what? Well I figured if that were the case, I would certainly hear meowing, and then we would open one of the screens and let it out. All I knew is that I needed SLEEP.
Last night I went to sleep and peacefully awoke at 7:00 a.m.----
- Peaceful eviction and no court fees!