Letter from my landlord

This letter was rubber-banded to my doorknob:

Dear Residents:

Thank you for your payment. We realize sometimes things can be over looked, however our records indicate that you have underpaid your account by $0.01. Please remit the amount due within 3 days in form of personal check(s) or money order(s).


Please feel free to contact me at  with any questions regarding your balance.
Your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Accounts Administrator

I went to the rental office, found the accounts administrator, and said "Apparently I owe you one cent. I don't know why, but here's a penny". He wouldn't take my penny; the payment had to be in the form of a check or money order. He looked at my account record and determined that I owned them a cent because when I first moved in, they made a rounding error and asked me for the wrong amount for my first (pro-rated) month's rent. He said they had to ask me to pay the cent I owed because of fair housing laws -- if they didn't ask me to pay the cent I owed, they couldn't ask other residents to pay money they owed.

I added a cent to my next month's rent check.

12 Responses to “Letter from my landlord”

  1. Chris Says:

    I’d write them a check and say “Don’t spend it all in one place” and then walk away, lol.

  2. vfwlkr Says:

    I would have paid them $0.01 as a separate check. It must cost them more that that in processing/handling :)

  3. xeen Says:

    You should pay your next bill in 0.01$ checks ;)

  4. Souljacker Says:

    That guy is what my grandpa would call a “mão de vaca”!

  5. Joe Grossberg Says:

    “I added a cent to my next month’s rent check.”

    Are you sure they’re OK with that?

    At my last place, they demanded a cashier’s or certified check if you hadn’t paid in full, on time.

    You might just want to double-check, so this doesn’t turn into a real farce.

  6. Chris Says:

    You should have added 2 cents, and billed them for the balance.

  7. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    Joe: Yes, they actually suggested it.

  8. Ian Says:

    Now write to the owner/board/co-op whoever actually sits above the admin people and attach copies of the documentation. Say it is there fault (they did not bill the correct amount) and ask for a refund and an account reconcilliation so you can be sure.

    You may only want to do this if you plan on moving soon, as it will piss off the admin people.

  9. Block Sheep Says:

    just today I got a letter from my college saying I owe them $5.00, which is odd because I have a student loan

    the loan money goes to them first, they take what they need, and then give me the remainder

    what, did they forget to take 5 bucks? nothing has changed, I didn’t add or drop any classes, and the bill doesn’t say any new fee on it

    additionally because I didn’t pay-in-full (when they decided how much they wanted of the money they had in their hands) they have charged me $15 because now I’m on an installment plan

    I guess the installments are ~$8,000 for the first installment, and $5 for the second — and I had nothing to do with not paying it all up front

    now I have to figure out where a “real person” is to talk to about this

  10. Fred Says:

    “…they had to ask me to pay the cent I owed because of fair housing laws.”

    That’s an ambiguous answer…

  11. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    This should have been listed as a trackback: http://beatdown.blogspot.com/2005/09/its-called-fuzzy-logic-but-apparently.html

  12. Mike Says:

    Wow. I recieved a bill from AT&T wireless several months after I cancelled service telling me that I owed -$0.57 on my prepaid service, and that I was seriously overdue. When I called to ask how I could be delinquent for failing to pay a negative amount of money on a prepaid plan, they told me that I could safely ignore the bill. Since they don’t know enough about me to file with a credit bureau, I decided to follow their advice, and have not heard from them in the intervening year.