Well for all you renters out there here is the page for you. If you
are late on the rent hopefully there is a good excuse here for you to
use. If you have been late sending your rent in and gave a good excuse
for not paying on time, then please send yours in so other can use them
if they need it.
1. Sorry, just spent my honeymoon in Las Vegas. So, no rent
2. I'm sorry, rent will be late this month because our
illegal roommate skipped out on us, we plan to pay next week when we
get paid, thank you. (an actual excuse used at my apartment complex)
P.S. this was actually true.
3. I know I didn't pay for the last 4 months. I'll pay next
month, can you let me back in now?
4. Sorry my rent is late but my damn crack habit keeps
getting in the way!
5. I know rent is due on the 1st, but I already spent the
money from my last check. I'll pay it when I get my next check.
6. [A colleague working landlord-tenant court heard this
one]: The landlord is a Muslim and I think that my rent money
should go directly to help the victims of the Muslim terrorist
attack on the World Trade Center.
7. Sorry, I can't pay the rent this month. I get paid
bi-weekly and my check is mailed from Washington. Currently they
are having an Anthrax problem and all mail will be held-up
8. I can't pay the rent because I needed to buy food this
9. I have to spend it on my dying grandmother.... coz my mum
and dad are dead long time ago and I'm the only daughter... and also
the last time I paid the rent... my grandfather died!!!!!!! So...
please I'll pay the rent when my grandmother dies....!!!!
10. I left the money for rent and the money for groceries in
two different envelopes my boyfriend must of took the wrong one so
this will have to do for now.
11. These are REAL excuses I have heard from my tenants
through the years... (when the rent check bounced)
"My bank closed my account and didn't tell me" (I've actually heard
this one a half dozen times--there's apparently and excuse of the
month club tenants can subscribe to)
"I don't have the money for the rent, because I spent it all on
Christmas presents for the kids. You don't expect me to tell my
kids they don't get Christmas presents, do you?" (no, but you're
going to have to tell them why they don't have a place to live)
"I'm not paying my rent this month, because the bathtub overflowed
and it ruined my brand new (fill in the blank) big screen
TV/oriental rug/stereo system/water bed" (Vena's 3rd rule of land
lording: any leak from any source will invariably carry directly
over the most expensive and newest item in the unit)
"I'm not paying this month because I'm moving out next month. You
just keep my security deposit for this month's rent. I'll be out on
the 1st...I promise."
12. I haven't paid my rent because I don't have any money!
13. I haven't paid my rent because I ran out of stamps to
14. I haven't paid my rent because actually I don't feel
like paying it.
15. I haven't paid my rent because I was hardly home this
past month and probably won't be home much this month.
16. This one was given to me just last week. "The reason I
didn't pay the rent before the end of my 72 hour termination notice
was because I was IN JAIL." However the wife was home the whole
time hubby was in jail, and looking at me through the peep hole
while I posted the 72 hour termination notice.
17. I didn't pay my rent because a five of the fifteen
hallway lights were blown out.
18. I didn't pay my rent because the knob on a closet door
19. Sorry I can't pay my rent my car was repo'd and My
paycheck was in it.
20. (Actual excuse for not paying rent) My boyfriend's
parents are giving us a house to live in free, so I gotta move out.
So I'm not paying this months rent, but I'll do you a favor and let
you use my full security deposit for the entire month, even though
we'll be leaving in two weeks. Oh, by the way... there's a problem
with the kitchen stove. It's not been working right for a real long
time. And last night there was this little fire.
21. I am a sick person, I need money for
prescriptions this month I gonna be late on my rent.
22. This is a rent excuse that my old
roommate actually used - she had gotten pregnant and was going to
move out with her sperm donor - she tried to go to the rental office
with HALF the amount of the rent (little did she know we had
predicted her plot and had paid rent in full already) and told the
office that she could not live there because we were running a
methamphetamine lab in the bathroom. WHAT???
23. Just been told this: My husband just
got a new job and will be out of town for three weeks. I know what
the contact says. Please don't evict us. Mother of four children.
24. The weather's been bad so work has
been slow. Check is in the mail.
25. My wife is in the hospital, heart
problems, almost had a heart attack (conversation with wife a week
later she states, She almost had a heart attack due to the stress
she's under because they can't pay rent.
26. We're waiting to get the settlement
from the lawyer... we told him that we just want 5 million but he
wants to drag it out and try for 10. We'll call you after we meet
27. My sister past away this weekend...
can I call you back?
28. My Story Why I Couldn't Pay the
Rent. Well see, it's my brother. He played creative bookkeeping
with his accounts which I am a co-signer on. He was transferring
funds from his payroll account to his ranch accounts, and so on....
things he shouldn't have been doing. The bank caught on to him,
shut down all of his accounts and demanded my brother to make good
on all outstanding checks (and there were plenty) or the bank would
have no other choice then to report this to their credit/financial
institutions and I'd be lucky to get credit anywhere. My brother
and I would both be screwed. I emptied my savings, checking and
gave him all I had. I have to wait until I get paid on the 15th
before I can pay you.
29. Our Roommates paid half the first
month then said the following month "Oh, we thought you were taking
care of this months and we would pay half of the next months."
Needless to say their not on the lease so we're kicking them out.
30. I can't pay you in regular money but
I was wondering if I could do so with MONOPOLY MONEY.
31. I got a phone call from my dead
mother telling me after thinking it over she decided she never
intended me to get the apartment so there will be no rent until I
get another call from her telling me it's ok.
32. I can't pass up a challenge and it's
a real challenge to see for how long the rent balance can go up
before I get the notices and then to see how many notices can I
defer with a variety of excuses and orders.
33. My astrologer told me that due to
Mercury going retrograde today, it was not advisable to send in the
rent and even though it is supposed to go direct next month, Venus
and Mars will be going retrograde and the Venus retrograde will
cause my roommate and lover to walk out leaving me stuck with his
portion and then the Mars retrograde will probably cause a major
blow up at work, causing job loss and thus no rent for the next few
34. I can't pay my rent this month,
because you haven't fixed anything in the apartment that you
promised me in my lease since I moved in. I'll be moving soon so
keep my deposit.
35. Dear sir, I cannot pay my rent this
month because my check was a little short this week. I will pay
36. I can't pay the rent on time this
month because I was laid-off and my total monthly income from
unemployment is just enough to pay the rent with just enough left
over to pay something on another bill and buy a little food. But,
since a $100 late charge and a $38 court filing fee were added to
last month's rent and all was paid, it's backed me up a couple of
weeks. It's really hard to live on $15 a month.
37. I am late on my rent because my
supervisor failed to put in my timecard. Therefore I didn't get a
check on the 1st like expected, but being that I will receive 2
checks on the 15 because of the supervisors screw up, I will pay you
then... That's because I wanted to party with the check I got on the
38. My cousin [is in jail/is getting
married/just died/is in the hospital] and I had to help him out this
month. I'll have the rest of the rent in two weeks. Note: I live in
Texas where Mexicans have at least one cousin for every month. And
they're always dying, getting arrested, etc. I get this excuse at
least 5 times a month from tenants.
39. Rent was 2 weeks late this month
because the lawnmower was broken and we had to
get it fixed because we know you hate it when the lawn gets too
long. Paying to fix the lawnmower was an unexpected expense so we
had to wait for another paycheck before we could pay the rent.
40. I can't send a payment in today or
anytime soon because I have more important bills to pay.
41. Here are a couple of recent excuses
from my tenants:
1. (I got the rent check and it had a "stop payment" on it when I
went to cash it) My ex-husband wiped out all of my accounts and my
attorney (where she works) stopped payment on all of my checks.
2. (This just happened this week) I had to spend all my money to put
my niece in rehab... she's strung out on ice and shooting up, blah
blah blah... and by the end of the conversation: I have the money
but its Labor Day and the bank is closed so I'll have it to you
3. (Tomorrow came and went, so now I get: I can't get you the rent
because the IRS put a freeze on all my bank accounts. (Can anyone
top 3 different excuses in less than one week???)
42. I called the landlord and said "Can
you send me a receipt for the rent I mailed to you last week?" She
said she never received it. Of course I was shocked to hear that my
money order apparently got lost in the mail! After calling the post
office and "speaking to an investigator" I called the Money order
company and requested a trace. Supposedly this all took 3 weeks.
Enough time for me to get the "new" money order out to her.
43. I can't pay rent (or any other bill)
this month because my ex quit paying child support. I'll pay you
after I take him to court and money.
44. True story (with rent being 700.00
per month) I'm sorry but I can only give you 1/3 of the rent this
month or any other month because of the unwelcome guest that we have
that has decided to pull the money off of the dresser and take into
the walls (WILLARD). So that is the only way that you can retrieve
the rest of the rent.
45. The landlord came over for the rent,
and I told the landlord to hold on for a minute. So I turned the
lights out so they could bring their part of the rent out. Well Mr.
Landlord, I have my half of the rent do you have yours? You never
told me that I would be having breakfast, lunch and dinner guest. I
need reimbursement for other occupants that likes to come out and
play in the wee hours of the night. So even though they are out
rummaging that time of night. And now that I think about it I don't
think that I need to pay all of the rent because they be here more
than I do.
46. I'm sorry I can't pay the rent this
month because the IRS has seized all my assets.
47. One of my tenants called me on the
phone crying, saying that she would be late on her rent because she
had to take her sick dog to the vet and the X-ray showed that he ate
a large piece of carpet in the living room (I'm thinking.. Oh
Nooooo) She said "so far the bill is up over $800 and I already
paid them the $600 that I had set aside for rent this month, but I
will have it for you in a week .. my mom is sending me money." "I
said ok well when you do please include the nonrefundable pet
deposit that I TOLD you would be owed IF you had a dog in my rent
house, also I need to come by and estimate the damage the dog did to
the carpet in the living room." (No pets allowed in my rental
property and she knew this) She began crying harder and hung up...
48. This is true! Happened years back. I
had taught my daughter that money is dirty and you shouldn't play
with it. She was only two and naturally where do dirty things go? "I
can't pay my rent because my toddler just flushed the rent down the
49. I am so sorry that I am late paying my
rent this month. I fell in the shower, hit my head and subsequently
forgot what month it was. Do you need a doctor's note??
50. I don't know why you expect full
months rent when since the very beginning I never paid it full and
you never fixed the shower, but I can live with that if you can live
with only getting $300 this time and I promise next pay check you'll
get some more. I don't think you have the balls to kick me out
anyway, I mean, are you really gonna find someone else to live in
this dump? NO!!!
51. My husband is in the military, so you
know if he messes up or upsets the captain/sergeant he gets docked
pay. So I went to my landlord and told her, "I am so sorry I just
found out that My husband called his drill sergeant a worthless
piece of shit and wasn't worth the money the us military put into
training him. SO they penalized him by taking 45% of his pay so I am
going to have to wait to pay you rent on next payday'" my landlord
felt soo bad that I got a check from her the next week to pay my
electric bill. I just loved it.
52. I once told my landlord that I was
having problems with the timing belt in my truck and that it was
going to cost me $600 (which is a true price) and that I just found
out that if I don't pay the IRS $300 per month starting with a $300
deposit that my pay would be garnished in full until I paid
everything in full. My rent is $900 so there you go.
53. I did not pay my rent because I have
complained to the landlord 3 times about the wall heater going out
and I have a newborn baby boy in the house! Also, to top it all off,
the damned oven went out and I had to cook my entire Thanksgiving
dinner in a 2 microwave ovens! I used the rent money to buy 3
electric portable radiators and they got the difference and the
radiators back after everything was fixed. Oh, that was advised by
54. I work for an apartment complex, we have a resident that
thinks she owns the property. she came in last week and said.... did
u not get the letter from my attorney stating that you two (leasing
consultant and manager) are fired? I own this property and I don't
have to pay rent. But you need to pay me for using my office.
55. These are a few that I have heard from some of my
1. (From a resident that has a 5 year history of being late and
making partial payments):
I can't pay my rent this month because I had to pay for my INS Green
2. A new resident that cleared background: I can't pay rent till the
middle of the month because I had to bail myself out of jail........
3. Ok, we had this "independent contractor" who didn't seem to
understand that he was not an employee: he did not work set hours,
he got paid by the hour per job when completed, no takes, insurance,
etc were taken out of his check.... he was behind a month and a half
on rent, and at the point I told him we were not using his services
anymore, he fell out of a tree he wasn't supposed to be in on our
property and told the hospital he was an employee and worker's comp
would cover it... Well, he's not an employee, and at the same time
we were already under going unlawful detainer..... needless to say,
to avoid a lawsuit we canceled the unlawful detainer and set a plan
for him to pay rent and a month later he STILL HASN'T PAID! ugh.
56. Tenant can't pay rent this month cause there dog needed a
rabies shot and if he didn't get a rabies shot he could bite someone
and I as the landlord could be sued. This is one of 3 dogs when the
lease says no dogs. Well if you take your dog to a rabies clinic its
like $12.00 if its an office visit $35.00 may $50.00 so how about
the other $950.00?
57. I was on my way to town to pay you rent, but my bag fell
out of the car with 800 dollars in it. So I guess someone got an
early Christmas present......and I responded ya it surely was not
58. We own about 6 rental properties and have managed up to
12 at any given time. Here are a few choice excuses that are true:
"We were at an amusment park and the $ was in my pocket and it all
fell out on the rollercoaster"
"I just plumb forgot!"
"We were at a pop warner parade. Our car was broken into and my
wife's purse was stolen with rent money" ($1025 cash)
"I came to drop it off and you weren't home."
"My boyfriend moved back in with his wife and I lost my job"
"I was overpaid by Social Security (from deceased husband), so they
are taking the amount overpaid out of my 16 year old son's social
security check and he will only get $16 for November"
"We are waiting for our tax refund to come"
"As soon as my son moves in I will get caught up" ONE MONTH LATER:
"As soon as my best friend moves in I will get caught up"
59. My current tenants have never paid their rent on time
once in the two years they have rented from me. I've heard various
When their check bounced I heard: My wife went to deposit my pay
check but their computers (Bank of America) were down. (Who ever
heard of a bank refusing to take money? )
My boss's bank was just shut down so it takes an extra week for his
checks to process since it goes to a new bank now.
My boss is having financial trouble and hasn't paid me yet (same
boss as above).
60. My tennant of two months has now said: The student loan
got taken out of my last cheque by mistake through the bank. When
the money is refunded to me you will get your rent.
Gawd knows how long it will really be.
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