If You Want To Live (under) My House, You need To Pay The Mortgage---

Real Estate Agent with Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA


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!

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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Deborah -- that is one way to get the eviction done.  I had thought it might have been Raccoons.

Feb 20, 2013 03:48 AM #1
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Steven- YES---we thought racoons with their tiny little fingers or oppossums----but thankfully only cats, who are now probably looking to lease another home!!  :)

Feb 20, 2013 04:19 AM #2
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Those old houses can be a bit spooky with their night time noises.  Glad you solved your's easily.

Feb 20, 2013 10:25 AM #3
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Those critters can really be intrusive to one's life.

Feb 20, 2013 10:33 AM #4
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I've got a rural home where the residents are reporting noise in the attic.....we've sealed the exterior holes and critter came through the drywall to get out....it was not OUT when the holes were sealed...

Feb 20, 2013 06:58 PM #5
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Wallace- that's just a really scarey story----I used to live in rural NH & had a log home on 10 acres of land---- where I battled everything from bats in the house, racoons in the basement, mice in the silverware drawer and even flying squirrels (in the attic)--what a racket they made at night---this city girl now enjoys urban living!

Feb 20, 2013 11:47 PM #6
Ricky D. Sadler
Real Estate Marketing Experts &Trusted Senior Advisors on Property Management services, Rentals Leasing, Landlord Ten... - Seattle, WA
Trusted Senior Property Advisor & Marketing Expert

OH Boy I understand- We had the little critter during Christmas,not a welcome house guest!

Thank for the post.

Ricky D


Feb 28, 2013 11:06 AM #7
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